Tallit! (don't be so angry) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Thom
    • 18.11.09 | 17:07 (IST)

    The Torah does not deem it necessary to wear Tallit at all. The Torah specifies that men who wear a four cornered garment must attach fringes to its corners (women are exempt). Man is NOT obligated to wear such a garment. Before modernists start ranting about the religious "swine" of Israel, chill. The fact is what the Torah does forbid is for men or women to wear clothing normally associated with the other gender. Men cannot wear skirts. Because tallit are normally worn by men and not women this could constitute a problem. The vast majority of women do not wear tallit so those who do may draw attention to an "excessive piety in an ostentatious manner". Jewish law requires ALL Jews to abstain from any such manner. Though the Rabbi did not express himself as gently as most would like, it should not be so difficult as to see his POV. In direct violation of secular law, custom, and minimally in conflict with Halakha - it would appear as if she was merely making a point

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    First published 10:26 18.11.09 | Last updated 22:34 18.11.09
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