High Holiday Tallit
Choosing the right High
The High Holy Days are a time of year when we are renewed in every way. So what better way to put your best foot forward this year than by arriving in synagogue wearing a brand-new tallit?
Lots people put a ton of thought into what they’re going to wear – which suit, which pair of shoes, which tie or belt? But stop to consider that fashions come and go from year to year. What really connects us during the high holidays to Jews throughout history are the traditional items we share: prayer books, Torah scrolls, and of course, the tallit.
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and all the Jewish holidays, the right tallit is a garment you can wrap yourself in, knowing you’re creating a sacred time and space; your own home in the synagogue. Choosing a high holiday tallit carefully can actually help shift the meaning of these holy days, building our kavannah, or intention, and helping us focus our prayers.
Whether you dress up or down, whether you go to synagogue in jeans or a three-piece suit, the right tallit creates an island where for a few minutes, fashion doesn’t matter and the world cannot intrude. It’s pure, it’s simple, and it’s a meaningful part of any high holiday celebration.