University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


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  • The Tallis

    The Tallis

    the tallis

    The tallis, or prayer shawl, was worn daily at morning prayers, on the Sabbath, and on holidays. In Europe, when a boy reached the age of three, his father wrapped a tallis around him and carried him to the cheder (Hebrew school) for the first time. A man was given his own prayer shawl when he got married.

    My father had a large woolen tallis with a wide silverhead strip. When the tzitzis (fringes) had worn out from daily use, Father replaced them with new woolen tzitzis he knotted himself.

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