What are Prayer Shawls?
Prayer shawls or Tallits are very symbolic of Jewish worship and are special garments that are worn when participating in the service of God and in prayers. These shawls are intended to inspire awe and reverence for God and are not just everyday wear.
A prayer shawl is made from a variety of light fabric and is normally a wide scarf of finger-tip length that is draped over the shoulders and hung loosely within the folds of one’s forearms.
A very distinguishing aspect of the prayer shawl is the four large dangling fringes, one on each corner known as the Tzitzit. Fashioned after the instructions given to Moses in Numbers 15, as a mark that would separate the Israelites, God’s commandment-keeping people from others, the Tzitzit represented morality and self-discipline.
Prayer shawls add depth to your prayer life as you meditate on the scriptures that are typically written in Hebrew or English. Nicely written and decorated, these scripture verses are eye-catching and make the prayer shawls attractive and add to the spiritual and emotional solemnity of the occasion for the wearer.
Prayer shawls are blessed Christian gifts that call the recipients to an acknowledgment of the Holy One and all 613 of God’s commands as found in the Torah.