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A user-friendly primer for tallit and tzitzit basics: What is tzitzit? Who's obligated? How and when do we put them on? And more...

Tallit and Tzitzit Basics

Tallit and Tzitzit Basics

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What is the difference between a tallit and tzitzit, and what are the reasons for wearing them?
Who is obligated to wear tzitzit, and from what age?
What kind of garment, and what kind of tzitzit? See also our brief tzitzit buyer's guide.
This is a day-based mitzvah -- but some wear the tzitzit at night as well!
The Tallit
Who wears a prayer shawl, and when?
The proper way to don tzitzit and tallit -- complete with an illustrated guide -- and the blessings recited when doing so.
How the tzitzit are worn, and where one may wear the tzitzit and tallit.
The origins of the blue thread on the tzitzit, and the reason why some wear it today -- and others do not.
How to put on the traditional four-cornered garment before prayers.
A Constant Reminder
Explore the significance of the ritually fringed four-cornered garment.
This is no fringe mitzvah! The tallit and tzitzit serves as constant reminders of our obligations to G-d and our fellows.
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