One of the “thank you gifts” My Olive Tree offers with The Miracle Special package is a tallit (prayer shawl) that is made in Israel.
The name tallit (also spelled tallis or talith) comes from the Hebrew words: tal meaning tent, and ith meaning little. Thus, the word tallit translates to, “little tent.”
This reminds us of the instruction from our Messiah, Yeshua regarding prayer:
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”—Matthew 6:6
By wrapping yourself or covering your head with the tallit,
you literally create a tent, a secret place to commune with God.
“I will live in your tent forever and
find refuge in the shelter of your wings.”—Psalm 61:4
The crown of the tallit, or the atarah in Hebrew, is worn around the neck or over the head, and is commonly a written form of the blessing that is traditionally spoken when donning the tallit. The traditional blessing written on the atarah 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 tzitzit is the fringe on the four corners of the garment. The corners read. “God will bring us to Zion joyfully.”
The tassels in Numbers 15, refers to the tzitzit, or the fringe on all four corners of the tallit. These tassels represent the commandments and name of God; they are designed to serve as a constant reminder of God and our call to observe His instruction.
“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. 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, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God.”—Numbers 15:38-40
As clothing needs have evolved over the centuries and garments with four corners were no longer part of the culture, the tallit (a rectangular piece of cloth) was designed to hold the tzitzit on its four corners.
In Judaism, the tallit is worn during Shacharit (morning prayers), Torah reading services, special occasion services (Yom Kippur, weddings, bar mitzvahs, batz mitzvahs, etc.), and during burials.
In the New Testament we see mention of Jesus wearing fringes (or tassels) in the below references:
- Matthew 9:20—“And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak”
- Luke 8:44—“…came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.”
- Matthew 14:36—“…and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched were cured.”
- Mark 6:56—“Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.”
The Tallit and the Church
As Christians, we believe that the tallit is a beautiful and symbolic article 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 shall take refuge (see Psalm 91:4).
The tallit is also sometimes referred to as the Key of David.
In Revelation, the apostle John prophesies about the Key of David, as does the prophet Isaiah…
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens’”—Revelation 3:7
“The key of the house of DavidI will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open.”—Isaiah 22:22
Could it be that part of the prayer shawl’s symbolism is found in the Key of David? The Key of David opens doors that no man can shut, and shuts doors that no man can open! It is truly a beautiful tool in our rich heritage.
Jesus—Yeshua—wore tassels on His garment, and with a tallit you can have a piece of that same spiritual heritage in your own home as part of your spiritual life!
*Regarding the blue thread mentioned in Numbers 15:38-40: Due to the rare and limited availability of the chilazon (snail in Hebrew) dyed blue thread today—this is considered optional and can be purchased separately elsewhere.
Our mission is to create a partnership between the Evangelical community and the nation of Israel; this partnership will produce employment, income, and revenue for humanitarian aid projects in Israel. We envision the planting of one-million olive trees over the next seven years. This relationship was prophesied in the Bible centuries ago, that the foreigners and strangers (those not of Jewish descent) would help rebuild the walls of Israel and cause the desert to bloom (Isa 35:1). Among other things, this reforestation is an environmental blessing for the entire region. May all who participate in this project be blessed body, soul and spirit; it is time for you to take root in Israel!