Blessing for Putting On Tallit

By InterfaithFamily

September, 2012

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A tallit, sometimes pronounced tallis, is a prayer shawl most known by the knotted fringes, called tzitzit, on its four corners. It can be worn during most Jewish prayer services.

Before putting on a tallit, it is customary to hold it in front of you, kiss both ends of the neckband (atarah), then recite a blessing.

Suzie Schwartz, a rabbinical student and the Family Education Coordinator at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA helped us out with this video, demonstrating how to put on a tallit:

Ba-rukh A-ta A-don-ai El-o-hey-nu Mel-ekh Ha-o-lam a-sher kid’sha-nu b’mitz-vo-tav vitz-i-va-nu l’heet-a-taf ba-tzi-tzit.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us to wrap oneself in fringes [on the tallit].

Practice on your own with the audio:

And download our Tallit Blessings (pdf), with the English, Hebrew and transliteration for the blessings.



 



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