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Why do people roll up their tallit -- instead of folding it -- after the Shabbat prayers?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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It is forbidden to fold a garment on Shabbat along its preexisting creases. Therefore, a Tallit, which normally has well-defined fold lines, may not be properly folded after the Shabbat morning prayers. It is however permitted to fold it randomly, not on its creases.

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Shabbat
(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Tallit
A prayer shawl. A large four-cornered woolen garment with fringes attached to its corners in a specific manner. This garment is worn by males during the morning prayers, fulfilling the Biblical obligation of attaching fringes to four-cornered garments.