tallit for women blessing of the tallit

Tallit for Women – Blessing of the Tallit

In Judaism, the blessing of holy objects falls to the individual who possesses them rather than a specific religious leader or teacher. This differs from other religions, like Catholicism, which has a priest or other congregation leaders bless items for ritual practice. It is the responsibility of each worshipper to bless their own garments and other religious items. This can be seen in the daily practice of blessing tallit before saying morning prayers. The blessing can be found embroidered on the atarah of the tallit for women and men and must be said each time the tallit is put on for use.

The words of the blessing are inscribed in Hebrew and goes, “Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to wrap ourselves in the tzitzit”. It is basically an acknowledgement of God as well as a reminder of the obligation to keep the commandments. The ritual for putting on tallit for women and men are the same. After placing the tallit on the left shoulder and inspecting it, the worshipper grasps the corners of the prayer shawl and holds it behind them with the atarah raised over their heads. The blessing is recited and the garment is donned quickly afterwards.

The ritual for taking off tallit for women and men is the same as well. After prayers have been said and the tallit has been worn for the day, the worshipper should kiss the last word of the blessing inscribed on the atarah. After another kiss on the first word of the blessing, the prayer shawl should be held again above the head and the worshiper should pause for a moment or two before putting the tallit away.

There are several specific instances as to when the blessing of the tallit for women and men must be said. If the tallit is taken off for the day but must be donned again for one reason or another then the prayer must be recited. If the shawl slips completely off during prayers, the blessing must be recited again before putting it back on. However, this is only to be done as long as it will not cause a disruption. If it will, then put the shawl back on and when you have a free moment, grasp the tzitzit and recite the blessing. The only time the blessing does not have to be said is if the tallit is taken off for a moment, such as to use the bathroom. It is not necessary to recite the blessing on these occasions.

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