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A Jewish prayer shawl. The tallit is worn over one's clothes during the morning prayers (Shacharit). The tallit has special fringes known as tzitzit attached to its four corners.

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Stripes on a Talis

Is there any reason for the stripes on a talis? Does the color of the stripes have any significance?
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Cleaning Tzitzis

What have you found to be the best way to wash tzitzis (i.e. easiest, least likely to invalidate, and most clean)?
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Why do tzitzit have fabric-squares on the corners of the garment?

Pretty much across the board, beged gadol and katan have fabric squares sewn on the corners. Why do tzitzit have fabric-squares on the corners of the garment?
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Talis Gadol for Unmarried Individuals

In my minhag (and I believe it's minhag Ashkenaz), unmarried men do not wear a Talis Gadol (only a Talis Katan). Why is this so?
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Must a Divorced Man Wear a Tallis While Davening?

According to a common custom among Ashkenazim, a man only starts wearing a tallis while davening after he gets married. Does a divorced man continue to wear a tallis when davening? Or could/should he ...
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Can you fold a tallis on Shabbos?

What melachah is transgressed by folding a tallis? Is there some way to fold it which is permitted?
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Is it better to wear wool tzitzis?

Is it better halachikally (according to jewish law) to have the beged (garment) of your tzitzis to be made from wool as opposed to cotton? Is it a chumrah?
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Do married men stop saying a bracha on their *tallit katan*?

This question concerns the Ashkenazic practice. I was always told that the tallit katan (worn under clothing, every day, starting in preschool years) got the bracha of al mitzvat tzitzit, but the ...
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Where are we commanded to wrap ourselves in Tzitzit?

When we put on a tallit, we say a blessing (copied from here) Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'...
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Best practices for praying in public with talit and tefilin

I just learned that a flight out of New York was diverted because a flight attendant saw a passenger putting on tefilin and freaked out, thinking that he was strapping on bombs. So, do you have any ...
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Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre?

Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre? And if one arrives late to kol nidre and night has fallen already, should he put one on?
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Why do we don a tallit before laying tefillin?

When it comes to determining the order in which different things happen, there are often rules. According to Zevachim 89a, there are two rules in particular: That which occurs more frequently takes ...
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Moving Sefer Torah with Tallis (source?)

Often times, when someone will move a Sefer Torah from one place to another, on top of what the Sefer Torah is already normally covered with, he will put an additional covering of a Tallis-Gadol. ...
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Can I wear a tallit gadol without an atara

I am purchasing my first tallis gadol, but I notice some can be brought without the atara attached. I personally don't like unnecessary embellishments. Is the tallis kosher without an atara?
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Blue Stripes on Tallis

I've read that tallit stripes were originally blue and at some point morphed to black. What I'm wondering is if anyone knows any oldsters who can attest to actually seeing this in the frum velt in ...
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Duchaning without a talis

I recently prayed mincha on a fast day where no talis was present. The kohen present did not bless us, since he could not cover his hands with a talis. (No one called him to do so, so he wasn't in ...
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how to keep a talis from sliding from one's shoulders

If someone wears a talis and likes to keep it bunched up on his shoulders rather than hanging down his sides, and also plans to sometimes have it over his head and sometimes not, what's a good way for ...
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Tallis gadol with white stripes

An interesting question has been posted on the signification of tallis' stripes : Stripes on a Talis About stripes color the Rambam position's noticed as black being closer to techeiles color. My ...
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Why remove tfilin before talis?

I've heard why we put on the talis before tfilin (tadir or maylin bakodesh), but why take it off in the reverse order?
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Tallit with Wool Atara

The only tallit I know of that has an all wool atara is the Beit Yosef Tallit, which is marketed for Sephardim. Is there a specific source for this or is it simply being machmir to wear an all-wool ...
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Why do Lubavitchers fold their talisos under, on the shoulders?

A Lubavitch chasid wears his talis with the sides folded under, at the shoulders, bunching the side material under rather than over the material that lies on the shoulder (see an example). Why?
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Does a tallis have to be of a certain color?

Are there any halachos which require a tallis to be of a certain color? I've seen talleisim of many different colors, but are there any actual rules with regard to the color as opposed to the material?...
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Changing minhag about tallit gadol

I first became involved with a non-orthodox congregation where it was customary for everyone over Bar Mitzvah age to wear a tallit gadol. However, I understand that it is an Ashkenazi minhag not to ...
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What Mitzvah is it to fold one's Tallis?

Many sources bring down an idea from the Maharil that one should fold their Tallis on Motzai Shabbos in order to immediately start the week with 'being involved in a Mitzvah'. (One such source is the ...
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Origin of Reform/Conservative "scarf" talleisim

I've noticed that Reform and Conservative often use small "scarf" talleisim (here's an image). Where did this practice originate? (Is there any connection to the scarves that some Christian priests ...
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Borrowing a talis and wearing a talis katan. Say a b'racha?

The common and accepted practice among married Ashk'nazim, at least, is that they don a talis katan in the morning without saying a b'racha for the mitzva, and, later, when donning the talis gadol for ...
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Should the shaliach tzibbur check the tzitzis of a tallis given to him to daven?

Some shuls require the shaliach tzibbur to wear a tallis for mincha which is normally given to him from shul property. Is he required to check the tzitzis before wearing it? Do we say that it would be ...
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Talis over head

Why is it that most Ashkenazim that are not married do not put the Talis over their head?
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Can a woman ever wear a prayer shawl?

I've seen prayer shawls for girls available on the internet e.g. for Bat Mitzvah. I'm not sure what to think of it or if I'm comfortable with it. Can a woman wear a prayer shawl, and if so under ...
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What is printed on this Tallit Gadol? [closed]

I bought a new tallit but I can't read without vowels.
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How to prevent tangling of tefilin and talit

I have been putting on talit along with tefilin for over a decade, and I still frequently get the strap of my shel yad tangled in the one of the fore-tzitzit of my talit when I'm winding it around my ...
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tying tzitzis together on Simchas Tora

When I was a child in the 1980s, something the boys in my synagogue did on Simchas Tora was tie one person's talis to another, or sometimes to furniture. (Now that I'm older and in a different ...
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Reasons for different minhagim regarding if and when to put tallit gadol over head?

I'm curious about the reasons and sources for the different customs about if and when to cover one's head with the tallit gadol during davenen. For example: cover head from after bar'chu until after ...
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Do the Gemara and the Rema prohibit, or encourage, women putting on talit and/or tefillin?

An article in Ynet Judaism (in Hebrew) addresses the recent controversy regarding the prayer of Women of the Wall at the western wall. And claims the following claims: אף אחד גם לא הקריא להן את ...
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Is a new blessing required when taking off and putting back on your tallit?

You remove your tallit while services are ongoing (say, to go to the bathroom). When you put it back on, do you have to say the blessing on the tallit again?
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Can a gentile make a tallit?

I am in an interfaith marriage, and I have a small business making and selling kippot. I have a client who has asked me to make a matching tallit for an upcoming special event. My understanding is ...
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Chazzan wears talis slichos night?

Why does the chazzan for slichot a week before rosh hashana wear a talis? Isn't it clearly night time?
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If a Tallit is thoughtlessly brought into a bathroom, is it still ok?

If a Tallit was thoughtlessly taken into a bathroom - for example to remove a stain - is it defiled, or can it still be used?
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Talit Gadol vs Talit katan

What is the halachik difference between a talit gadol and a talit katan? If the talit gadol is somehow better, why don't we only wear that? If they are equal, why do we need a talit gadol at all?
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Are Tallis and Tefillin considered beged ish?

Given that Tallis and Tefillin are mitzvos given primarily to men (Kiddushin 29b), is there a beged ish issue with women wearing them? If there is, would we apply the rule of Asi Asei v'dachi Lo Sa'...
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Tallit Katan and Tallit brachot

Why is that when you wake up you put on a Tallit Katan and then you go to shul and put on a Tallit Gadol? How is it that you can say two different brachot? If it is in fact, that each peice of ...
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the reason for a tallit being used as a chuppah

Is there any reason for or significance to a tallit being used as the chuppah canopy in a Jewish wedding?
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Tallis falling off

What happens if your tallis falls off, is a bracha required?
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Wearing Talit and Tefillin at Mincha

I put on my tallit and my tefillin for Shacharit on each appropriate weekday morning. But I do not wear them when I go back to shul to daven mincha. It is still day, so there would be no issue of ...
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Is there a reason for putting on tefillin in a different room?

In many places where I have davened I have observed people (apparently intentionally) putting on their tallis and tefillin in a different room from where davening takes place. I have seen this even ...
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Should you say a blessing on a tallit gadol when you are performing a task in a shul that requires one due to a custom?

Should you say a blessing on a tallit gadol when you are performing a task in a shul that requires it (e.g.: being hazzan for mincha or getting an aliyah during mincha) ? Is there a difference if ...
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Burial with Geniza

I once heard a Rav say that one way in which he disposes of his stash of Geniza is to bury it with the deceased if the family allows. He claimed that it was a segula (I can’t recall his source). I ...
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Little knots of wool on the bottom/side of the Tzitzit

On most Tallitot and Sephardi Tallitot Ketanot there are little knots on the bottom or side. What are they? Why are they there? What are their significance?
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Holy Objects of a Messianic

Messianic Judaism is a heretical offshoot of Judaism which maintains that Jesus was the Mashiach which may violate the prohibition of avodah zarah (see above link). Would the tefillin or tallit* used ...
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How should a tallit gadol be washed?

What is the best way to wash a tallit gadol? Mine is a fairly traditional large black and white wool tallit with plain white (not techelet) tzitzit. After a few years in shul it's a little yellow ...
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