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Why is it forbidden for tzitzit to be exposed in a cemetery?

A dead person is (obviously!) exempt from all mitzvahs. Therefore, it is forbidden to be in the presence of a Jewish corpse while one’s tzitzit are...

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

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...

Who wears a tallit during prayers?

In most Ashkenazi communities, men begin to wear the tallit only after marriage. Once one begins to wear a tallit during prayer, one doesn’t stop...

Why is the Tallit worn during prayers?

During the morning prayers, it is customary to don a tallit gadol (“big tallit”)—a prayer shawl. Wearing a tallit is the ideal way...

Why do I see people "fingering" the fringes of their tallit before they put it on?

Two or more torn strings of tzitzit could invalidate an entire tallit. (In such an instance, the tallit should be shown to a rabbi, who will advise you...

Why do we put on the Tallit before the Tefillin?

Before the morning prayers, we first put on the tallit and then we put on the tefillin. There is a halachic dictum: “That which is more common...

If I remove my tallit and wish to put it back on, do I have to recite the blessing again?

If one removes the tallit or tzitzit (for instance, if one needs to use the restroom during prayers*), with the intention of donning the same tallit or...

Which blessing is recited on tzitzit?

Before performing any mitzvah, we are commanded to recite a blessing, thanking G-d for sanctifying us with His commandments. The same is true with wearing...

May I recite the blessing on tzitzit during the night?

The blessing for tzitzit or tallit may only be recited during daylight hours. One may begin reciting it as soon as it is possible to distinguish between...

May I wear a tallit when it is dark outside?

A tallit gadol (prayer shawl) may not be worn by night (as opposed to tzitzit, which may be worn by night. See What's the story with wearing tzitzit...