How to Don a Tallit

1. Open the prayer shawl and hold it in both hands so the neckband is facing you.

2. Recite the blessing:
"Baruch atah adonoi, elohenu, melech ha olam asher kidshanu b'mistzvotav ve-tzevanu layitatef b'tzitit"
English translation:
"Blessed are you, the Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who has made us holy with His commandments and commanded us to wrap ourselves in fringes."

3. If the prayer shawl has the traditional blessing on the neckband, it is customary to kiss the end of the neckband where the last word and the first word of the blessing are written.

4. Hold the prayer shawl over your head for a moment of private meditation.

5. Wrap the prayer shawl around your shoulders.

 

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