Tallit Prayer Shawls

tallit [taˈlit] (Hebrewטָלֵית) (talit in Modern Hebrew) (tālēt in Sephardic Hebrew and Ladino) (tallis, in Ashkenazic Hebrew and Yiddish) pl. tallitot [taliˈtot] (talleisim, tallism, in Ashkenazic Hebrew and Yiddish) (ṭālēth – ṭelāyōth in Tiberian Hebrew) is a Jewish prayer shawl. The tallit is worn over the outer clothes during the morning prayers (Shacharit) and worn during all prayers on Yom Kippur. The tallit has special twined and knotted fringes known as tzitzit attached to its four corners. Most traditional tallitot are made of wool, silk, or linen. Tallitot are often first worn by children on their Bar Mitzvahs. In orthodox,Ashkenazi circles, a Tallit is customarily presented to a groom before marriage as part of the dowry.