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Prayer shawl



A special shawl with four knotted fringes in the corners worn during prayer.


The Evolution of the tallit.


  • Hebrewטלית
  • GermanGebetsschal
  • RussianТалит
  • FrenchChâle de prière
  • DutchGebedskleed
  • ItalianScialle di preghiera
  • CzechModlitební šál
  • HungarianImasál
  • SpanishManto de oración
  • GreekΣάλι προσευχής
  • PolishSzal modlitewny
  • Arabicشال الصلاة (طليت)
  • Yiddishטלית
  • Ladinotalet


Elkins, Dov Peretz, and Steven Schwarzman, eds. Enveloped in Light: A Tallit Sourcebook. Princeton: Pomegranate Books, 2004.

Hertzl, Hillel Yitzchak. Tzel Heharim: Tzitzit: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ritual Four-Cornered Garment According to the Sephardic Tradition. Jerusalem & New York: Feldheim Publishers, 2006.

Juhasz, Esther (ed). “Tzitzit – Ritual Fringes.” The Jewish Wardrobe: From the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2012, pp. 43-64, 319-20.

Leben, Y. “Hebre Title [The Embroidered Prayer Shawls from Tunis.” Mahut, vol. 12, 1994, pp. 40-52.

Shulman Herz, Rebecca. “The Transformation of Tallitot: How Jewish Prayer Shawls Have Changed Since Women Began Wearing Them.Women in Judaism: Contemporary Writings, 2012, pp. 3-17.

Swetschinski, Daniel M., et al. Orphan Objects: Facets of the Textiles Collection of the Joods Historisch Museum. Amsterdam: Joods Historisch Museum, 1997, pp. 134-49.

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