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What is printed on this Tallit Gadol?

First of all, welcome. The top of your tallit has the blessing. With nikkud (the vowelization), it reads: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה׳ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּנוּ ...
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Is there any basis for Chabad minhagim regarding tallit gadol?

I emailed Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov (from Chabad.org) about your question. Here's what I said: B''H In most Ashkenazi communities, the custom is that bochurim do not wear a tallis. However, when a ...
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Can a gentile make a tallit?

In Shulchan Aruch O"C 14:1 it says: ציצית שעשאן אינו יהודי פסול, דכתיב: "דבר אל בני ישראל", לאפוקי אינו יהודי Tzitzis that a non-Jew made are invalid, for it says, "Speak to the ...
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Are Tallis and Tefillin considered beged ish?

The Targum Yonasan to the verse prohibiting a woman to wear men's gear says specifically it includes Tallis and Tefilin. However, that doesn't seem to be the prevailing opinion. The Aruch HaShulchan ...
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Why do we don a tallit before laying tefillin?

This is a good question, and really it's probably a better question than the answers out there. For context, we have to realize that this question (order of operations for donning Tzitzit and ...
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When are men supposed to start wearing a tallit?

The page on Halachapedia gives a clear rundown. I will try and link the sources accordingly (everyone feel free to add to any I can't find): The Sephardic custom is to wear a Tallit Gadol from the ...
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Cleaning Tallis Godol and Tallis Koton

The Rema OC 21:3 mentions, that some have a custom of not giving a Tallis to a non-Jewish launderer. The Beis Yosef (ibid.) notes that he never heard of such a custom. Rabbi Zalman of Liadi in his ...
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Can a noahide wear a tallit without the tzitzit fringes during their personal prayers?

The religious significance in wearing a prayer shawl lies specifically in the tzitzit fringes themselves. Technically any garment of four corners can be used as a prayer shawl, so long as it has the ...
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Kohenim Taking shoes off during rosh hashana

This was birkat kohanim, the priestly blessing, which (in the diaspora, at least for Ashkenazim) is done only on the high holy days and festivals. In Israel it is done at each morning service (where ...
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Why does a Tallit-gadol and a Tallit-katan have Tzitziyot?

I think your questions reverses things. We wear a tallit because we want the mitzva of tzitzit. Therefore we look for a garment which is obligated in the mitzva, i.e., has four corners (MT Hilchot ...
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Toldot Aharon Tallit

They are still woolen. Since tallitot and tzitziot are under strict supervision, they are (wrongly?) assumed to be safe. Source: My uncle, a Toldos Aharon chassid.
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Can I wear a tallit gadol without an atara

The source of the attara is found most easily in the Mishna Berurah siman 8 siff 4. It is based on chazzal who tell us the krashim (beams) in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) had signs written on them, so ...
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Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre?

Nitei Gavriel Hilchos Yom Hakipurim page 181 note 24 in the name of Siach Yitzchak that we wear a Talis at Kol Nidrei based on the Yerushalmi Chagiga 1:5 that says that one needs to wear a Talis at ...
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Duchaning without a talis

See SA OC128, 23 in annotation of the Rama. הגה: וגם הכהנים לא יסתכלו בידיהם על כן נהגו לשלשל הטלית על פניהם וידיהם חוץ לטלית. ויש מקומות שנהגו שידיהם בפנים מן הטלית שלא יסתכלו העם בהם (בית יוסף):&...
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How should a tallit gadol be washed?

Buy something what is called WOOLITE. This is special detergent for wool, you can find it in every supermarket. Put your talis in the bucket, fill with warm, not hot water, add cup of Woolite and ...
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Is there a "right" way to don a tallit?

See Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 8, with Mishnah Berura. Here are some excerpts from that siman that should help with your question. The translations here are my own. 2: סדר עטיפתו, כדרך בני אדם ...
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As a proselyte can I wear tzitzit?

Yes, you can wear a Tallis/Tzitzis since the Tallis itself has no holyness, it is just an instrument of a Mitzva (תשמישי מצווה) furthermore, the fear for companionship with a Jew (שמא יתלווה לישראל ...
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Where are we commanded to wrap ourselves in Tzitzit?

(As background, know that there is an argument (see Tur OC 8) if a formal "Arab-style" wrapping is the only method of wearing a four-cornered garment which qualifies for the biblical command of ...
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Duchaning without a talis

Chashukei Chemed - Megila - page 314 says that it is better for the Kohain not to Duchan rather than covering himself with another object. Yalkut Yosef 5764 edition - Tefila Volume 2 - 128:100 also ...
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Is a new blessing required when taking off and putting back on your tallit?

This is a dispute recorded in Shulchan Aruch O.C. 8:14: אם פשט טליתו אפילו היה דעתו לחזור ולהתעטף בו מיד צריך לברך כשיחזור ויתעטף בו הגה וי"א שאין מברכין אם יהיה דעתו לחזור ולהתעטף בו וי"א ...
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Can you recommend an alternative outer talit bag?

I always found army surplus bags perfect for everything. Hundreds of different sizes and shapes, materials, and usually any color you want as long as it's green. EBay and other places. Isaac ...
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Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre?

Summarizing from p. 349 of this book: The custom originated from Rav Meir of Rothenberg who stated that on the night of Yom Kippur we recite the 13 "middot" - Attrubutes of Mercy, multiple times ...
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Community without tzitzith

Rabbenu Avraham ben HaRambam implies (HaMaspik L'Ovdei Hashem, ed. Wincelberg p. 27) that in his place and time it was not common to wear a four cornered garment with tsitsit. He is giving examples ...
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Are Tzitzis obligated in Tzitzis

Indeed, perhaps a functionless tallit is not obligated in tzitzit. This seems to have been the opinion of R. Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, at least: Shilhi Dekayta Siman 8 וכששטחתי את גליונות הספר ...
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Must a Divorced Man Wear a Tallis While Davening?

technically one isn't obligated to have tzitzis at all unless one is wearing a 4 cornered garment. today we go out of our way to have a four cornered garment to not miss out on the opportunity of a ...
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How should a tallit gadol be washed?

A similar question was posted yesterday, regarding a talis katan. To quote from ezra's answer: The best way to wash a wool tallit katan is by hand washing it. Washing machines and dryers can ...
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Stripes on a Talis

The stripes of color are a rememberance for the lost blue techeles string. I heard on a tape from R' Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik that the differences in black/blue really come from a machlokes Rambam and ...
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Colourful Tallitot

Let's assume the question is the color of the garment, not the stripes. There is actually some (small) halachic basis for such an argument (in addition to whatever "soft" concerns about distraction, ...
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How to prevent tangling of tefilin and talit

Going on ten years and I'm proud to say I'm a recovering twister. There is one thing that I find helps. Putting on the tephilin slowly and carefully. It seems this would usually happen when I was late ...
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Do those who do become religious after a divorce need to cover their hair (women) or wear a tallis (men)?

Tallis -- this is easy. The halachic default is that everyone 13 and up should be wearing a Tallis; Ashkenazi never-married-men happen to have a custom otherwise. (Rabbi Meiselman, for instance, feels ...
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