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 nearly 500 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.