Monday, March 29, 2010

The Tallis



The Jewish festival of Passover begins tonight at sundown and will last eight days. I thought this would be a nice time to share this photo of the Jewish prayer shawls (tallis) that I photographed on my visit to Temple Emanu-El recently. My friend Lynne explained that the knotted fringe has special meaning. Click here to read more about the tallis.

15 comments:

Dina said...

Oh, a very beautiful shot of the tallit (Israeli pronunciation). You even got the blue fringe.

Louis la Vache said...

What a thoughtful post, Virginia.

Jilly said...

Marvellous marvellous shot, Virginia. I didn't know about the fringes.

Diederick Wijmans said...

Thank you for this information, Virginia, which i did not know. The photos are excellent!!

B SQUARED said...

Shalom, my friend!

Kate said...

Wonderful photo for Passover.

Daryl said...

Love this shot. I had a Passover photo idea but somehow it never got shot........

Halcyon said...

Beautiful composition.

Kim said...

Very lovely photo of , V. Your friend Lynne probably told you that the blue fringe is very special, dyed from a mollusk that grows only in certain waters and which was nearly extinct and unavailable for years, but now growing again. Each of the 613 knots represents a specific law from the Torah. A most beautiful and meaningful post for today!
-Kim

rhymeswithplague said...

I have heard that there are 611 (or 631, or something) knots in the fringe to represent the 611 (or 631, or something) laws in the Torah. Do you know whether this is so?

Although I live near Atlanta, my daughter is a schoolteacher in the northern part of Jefferson County. She and my son-in-law took me to Nabeel's for my birthday a couple of weeks ago! Scrumptious, especially the taramasallat (red caviar)!

I so enjoy visiting your blog!

TheChieftess said...

Lovely photo V!!!

Virginia said...

Oh I'm so pleased that you have enjoyed this special tribute to my Jewish friends here and around the world . Dina, what a dear new blog friend you have become and I love seeing Jeruselum through your lens.
V

Jacob said...

Nicely done. Some synagogues no longer use these - or at least most of the men do not - but they are very beautiful!

Leif Hagen said...

A wonderful post for Passover! I wanted to do something - show something - but I didn't get my act together quick enough!
I also love Dina's CDP blog from Jerusalem Hills!

brattcat said...

V., this is such a moving shot. Thank you.