My Olive Tree’s blue acrylic tallits are made in Israel and have been anointed and covered in prayer. The crown, which is worn around the neck, reads in Hebrew, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has command us to wear the tzizit [fringe].” The corners read, “God will bring us to Zion joyfully” in Hebrew.
Each tallit is sewn in an Israeli tallit factory that is nearly 100 years old. This tallit factory was birthed in the 1920s during one man’s search for a dream in his Jewish homeland. His incredible courage saved the life of his immediate family, while those who chose to stay behind were sadly lost in the Holocaust.
“Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. 39 And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, 40 and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God. (NKJV)
The tassel in Numbers 15 refers to the “tzitzit” which is the fringe that is on all four corners of the tallit. The tassels represent the commandments and name of God; they are designed to serve as a constant reminder of God and ones call to observe His instructions.
As clothing needs changed over the centuries and garments with four corners were no longer part of the culture the tallit itself (a rectangular piece of cloth) was designed to hold the “tzitzit” (tassle or fringes) on its four edges.
Most tallits have an “atarah” (the Hebrew word for crown); the “atarah” is commonly a written form of the blessing that is traditionally used when donning the tallit and is placed on the edge of the forehead. The traditional blessing written on the “atarah” and said aloud is: blessed are You, Lord our God, Master of the Universe, who sanctifies us with His commandments and commanded us regarding the commandment of the tzitzit.
The Tallit and the Church:
As Christians, we believe that the tallit is a beautiful and symbolic article that the Lord is restoring to the Church who has long since been separated from the Jewish roots of our faith. An understanding of the tallit will enrich your Christian walk and your relationship with our covenant God.
You can use the tallit during your personal times of prayer as “an intimate tent” or as a covering to remind you “that under his wings you can will find refuge” (Psalm 91:4). Jesus/Yeshua wore “tassles” on His garment, and with a tallit you can have a piece of that same spiritual heritage in your own home and as part of your spiritual life.
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