What is this White cape decorated with slim silver black or blue stripes?
The source for wearing the prayer Tallit is in the Torah in Numbers 15:37–40:
37 The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to dmake tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. 39 And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, enot to follow5 after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined fto whore after. 40 So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be gholy to your God.
If we translate the verse into spoken English it means:
When you wear a garment that has four square edges, you must tie on each of the four ends special threads called tzitzit. At list one of these threads should be light blue (1). These Tzitzit will remind us of the commandment of God and will provoke us not to depart from the straight path.
An exotic explanation from Kabbalah for this (many Jaws do not recognize this or Kabbalah at all) is that this color of light blue was produced from a special material (mostly made out of living things) containing a high quantity of salt crystals. Thus, the Tzitzit becomes a garment that can better manage the flow of energy in the body.
Not all streams of Judaism accept this explanation, but experts in alternative medicine believe that the Tzitzit or the Tallit produces this effect and the daily wear of a prayer Tallit has a mental health value.
How to wear the Tallit?
There are 2 ways you can fulfill the commandment of Tzitzit (and Tallit):
- By wearing a large prayer Tallit, a special garment for PRAYER TIME. Which is basically a large square garment with four Tzitzits (available on this page).
- By wearing a smaller type of Tallit under the clothes also known simply as a Tzitzit, to wear throughout the day (available on this page).
It is important to purchase the Tzitzit from an authorized source because there are various laws that involve the production of Tzitzis and Tallits that ensure they are kosher.