However I wear it, I find the tallit garment to be a physical reminder of the holiness (and wholeness) we are all seeking. Unlike most other elements of Judaism, there aren’t a lot of rules about a tallit. But having designed and sewn over 600 of them, I can say I’ve learned a few things since the first one.
As a young mother who did not grow up immersed in Judaism, one of the most daunting tasks was conveying a strong sense of Jewish identity to my children. I didn’t have the lived, communal experience that so easily informed my husband’s observance…I was determined that my children would always ‘belong.’ One of the simplest points of entry was Shabbat dinners.
I share this blog as a chronicle of my imperfect Jewish journey, in the hope that I might provide a few short-cuts to someone else treading the same path. I can't offer a reflection of your own experience. Hopefully, it's more of a refraction...the way a rainbow provides shared beauty from countless differing perspectives. Mine is just one of the millions of ways in which people 'do Jewish.'