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Secrets of the Prayer Shawl. The Tallit. PROF.M.M.NINAN. What is a tallit?. The Lord said to Moses as follows: Speak to the Israelite people and instruct them to make for themselves fringes ( Tzitzit )   on the corners ( Kanphei )   of their garments throughout the ages…. What is a tallit?.

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Secrets of the prayer shawl

Secrets of the Prayer Shawl

The Tallit

PROF.M.M.NINAN


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What is a tallit?

The Lord said to Moses as follows: Speak to the Israelite people and instruct them to make for themselves fringes (Tzitzit)   on the corners (Kanphei)   of their garments throughout the ages…


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What is a tallit?

You shall make tassels on the four corners of the garment with which you cover yourself.

Deuteronomy 22:12


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What is a tallit?

That shall be your fringe;

look at it and recall all the commandments of the Lord

and observe them,

so that you do not follow your heart and eyes in your lustful urge. Thus you shall be reminded to observe all my commandments and to be holy to your God. I the Lord am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I, the Lord your God

Numbers 15:37-40


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"I am here enwrapping myself in this fringed robe, in fulfillment of the command of my Creator, as it is written in the Torah, they shall make them a fringe upon the corners of their garments throughout their generations. And even as I cover myself with the tallit in this world, so may my soul deserve to be clothed with a beauteous spiritual robe in the World to Come, in the garden of Eden."


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TAL meaning tent and ITH meaning little.


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Mat 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you..


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Prayer Closet


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Prayer Closet


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The Little Tent - complete

Tallit, Tephillin, Yamulke

yarmulke, (skullcap, kippah) is a small cap

The Tephillin are two small boxes with leather straps attached to them.

The Tallit is a prayer shawl.


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Kippah (a skull cap) Kippah to remind him that

he is always duty bound to follow the laws of God at all times and in all places.

Tallit (a prayer shawl) The fringes on the shawl remind him of the many commandments of the Torah.

Tefilin (small leather box with long leather straps attached

Inside the boxes are passages from the scriptures.

A tefilin on the forehead remind the Jew to concentrate on the teachings of the Torah with all your full mind.

A tefilin on the left arm is a reminder to keep God's laws with all your heart, because it is near to the heart.


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One should not walk bare-headed (the distance of) four cubits Shulchan Aruch, Oracn Chayim, chapter 2


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Yarmulke

yammica

“yerai malka"

(fear of or respect for The King).

Jews covered their heads

to show that they were

servants of G-d.


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Phylacteries - Tefllin


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The scrolls are strips of parchment upon which are inscribed four passages from the Torah:

1) Kadesh (Exodus 13:1-10)

2) VeHayah Ki Yeviacha (Exodus 13:11-16)

3) The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

4) VeHayah Im Shamoa (Deuteronomy 11:13-21)

The passages are hand-written by a scribe with certified kosher black ink.


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Birkhot hamitzvot:Blessings recited prior to performing certain mitzvot(commandments)

Barukh ata adonai

Blessed are You, Lord

Eloheinu melekh ha'olam

Our God, Ruler of the universe

Asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav,

Who has sanctified us with God's commandments,

V'tzivanu l'hit'ateif batzitzit.

And has commanded us to wrap ourselves in fringes.


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Out of Egypt

Egyptians wore as little as possible


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The dress of the nomads


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Roman Toga

Non-citizens were forbidden to wear a toga.


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Roman Stola

Women’s dress consisted of TUNICA (underdress), STOLA (overdress), and PALLA (wrap).


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The arba kanfots


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A tallis gadol (Large Tallis)

"Bless Adonai, O my soul. Adonai, My God, You are very great, You are clothed in glory and majesty. You have wrapped yourself with a garment of light, spreading out the heavens like a curtain.":

The mystical interpretation of the covering shawl is the representation of the covering of glory of God on man.


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Chuppah in Weddings

Gen 2:24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh


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Chuppah in Weddings

Therefore a man leaves his world and cleaves to Christ, and they become one flesh


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Chuppah in Weddings

Therefore a man leaves his world and cleaves to Christ, and they become one flesh


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Triple order of oneness

John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

Joh 17:21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us


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Blue is like sea,Sea is like skySky is like the Throne of the Lord.

"iakinthos"

let them attach a cord of blue to the fringe at each corner.


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"iakinthos" of Murex Snails

Lost Blue


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The blue was only obtained from the hypobranchial gland of a Murex marine snail that only lives in deep water in the Mediterranean.


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This color

Royal Blue

was used in the ecclesiastical authority and in the temple where authority was involved.

Thus we see them in:

Curtains of the tabernacle.

Exo 26:1 "Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet stuff “

The veil of the ark.

Exo 26:31 "And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet stuff and fine twined linen


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The screen of the door of the Tent of Meeting.

Exo 26:36 "And you shall make a screen for the door of the tent, of blue and purple and scarlet stuff and fine twined linen, embroidered with needlework.

The Ephod of the Priest

Exo 28:6 And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet stuff, and of fine twined linen, skilfully worked


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Headdress of the Priest

Exo 28:37 And you shall fasten it on the turban by a lace of blue; it shall be on the front of the turban.

Girdle of the Priest

Exo 39:29 and the girdle of fine twined linen and of blue and purple and scarlet stuff, embroidered with needlework;


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Tying the Tzitzit


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Two Styles

Comparison of

Ashkenazi vs. Sephardi

Note the difference in the number and style of the winds.


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Sephardic style

Chassidic style


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Symbolisms in the Knots and Windings

five Books of Moses

5 knots

FIVE words of the Shema.

The last word, Echad, is represented by the windings between the knots.

Shema Yisrael

Adonai Elohenu

Adonai Echad

Hear Oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One


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Each Tzitzit is made from 8 strings,

7 white and one blue.

'Seven' is the number representing perfection in the physical realm.

'Eight', therefore, transcends the physical realm and symbolizes a direct link to the spiritual realm.


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Each group of 8 strings is knotted 5 times to form a Tzitzit

Each of the 4 tzitzit have 8 strings, making a total of 32 strings.

Thirty-two is the numeric value of the Hebrew word for "HEART".

The tzitzit's loose strings represent God's 'heart strings'.


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These tassels are tied into 613 knots

613 mitzvot (Commandments)תרי"ג מצוותTaryag mitzvot

248 are mitzvot aseh ("positive commandments")and 365 are mitzvot lo taaseh ("negative commandments").


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613 mitzvot (Commandments)תרי"ג מצוותTaryag mitzvot

There are 248 limbs

and

365 sinews

in the human body


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12 strings (6 for Judah & 6 for Ephraim). 

All strings begin woven together into 7 braids, representing the unified House.  The Houses are then split, again with 7 braids each. The two Houses are then woven back together again into 7 braids representing the re-unification of the two Houses.


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Prayer Shawl

and

Bible Manners and Customs


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The dead are wrapped in it when they are buried.

After a ritual washing of the body ,

the body is dressed in a kittel (shroud)

and then a tallit.

One of the tzitzit is then cut off.


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Proof of Resurrection: Jesus folded his Tallit when he arose from the dead.


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Proof of Resurrection: Jesus folded his Tallit when he arose from the dead.


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Torah under Chuppa


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Numbers 15:38 the word translated border or corner is a Hebrew word which can also be translated wings

Ezekiel 16:8, , "and I spread my wing over thee, and covered thy nakedness,"

Psalm 91 "abide under the shadow of the Almighty " and "under His wings."


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Ruth And Boaz

"I am Ruth, your maidservant, spread your skirt over your maidservant, for you are next of kin" (Ruth 3:9).


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When David spared Saul's life


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Elijah passed his mantle on to Elisha


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When the prophet Zechariah foretold that ten men will take hold of the skirt of a Jew and say "we will go with you" (Zech. 8:23), why should they take hold of his skirt?


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Talitha Cumi


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A

MYSTICAL

INTERPRETATION

OF

TZITZIT


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"Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord, my God, You are very great; You have clothed Yourself with majesty and glory. You cover with light like a garment, stretch out the heavens like a hanging."


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Two worlds, The Spiritual and the Physical.


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extending eternal reality to include also physical existence.


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extending eternal reality to include also physical existence.


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creation: extending eternal reality to include also physical existence


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The Spiritual and Material Realms Meet


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Tallit and Tzitzit in

Christianity


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Papal Stole and Cap


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Vestment


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Middle age Monks & Nuns


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Orthodox


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Anglican Ordination


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Anglican Stole


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