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also tal·lis  (tä′lĭs, tä-lēt′)
n. pl. tal·lits or tal·li·tot (tä-lē′tôt, -tôs, -lā′-) also tal·lis·es also tal·li·sim (tä-lē′sĭm, -lā′-) Judaism
A shawl with ritually knotted tassels at each of four corners traditionally worn by Jewish men and boys, especially at morning prayer. Also called prayer shawl.

[Mishnaic Hebrew ṭallît, cover, from Hebrew ṭillēl, to cover, from Aramaic ṭallel, from ṭəlāl, shade; see ṯ̣ll in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈtælɪθ; Hebrew taˈliːt)
n, pl tallaisim (tæˈleɪsɪm) or tallites, tallitot (Hebrew -liːˈtɔt)
1. (Judaism) a white shawl with fringed corners worn over the head and shoulders by Jewish males during religious services
2. (Judaism) a smaller form of this worn under the outer garment during waking hours by some Jewish males
[C17: from Hebrew tallīt]
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One of the first unique exhibits of the museum is a tallit (fringed prayer shawl) of the 19th century.
His condition was characterized by radical shifts between an Orthodox lifestyle and secular nihilism, and indeed rumor has it that in his moment of death in his London apartment he chose to wear a tallit and tefillin.
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But he keeps his grandfather's tallit, which wears out and is replaced piecemeal in the manner of that other classic tale, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.
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The third and final practice, the wearing of tzitzit, is similarly faithful to the corresponding passage and involves the affixing of symbolically knotted fringes to the corners of a four-cornered garment called a tallit. Each of these practices creates for those that observe them an environment of memory, providing frequent, yet equable reminders of the larger beliefs and values to which they maintain commitment.
You'd see something on the ground--a glistening lamb shank, or a bowl of ice-cream--and you'd bend down for it, but it was always a trick: everything revealed itself to be a yellow star, a Kippah, a Tallit. And how was that possible?
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When he died they draped him in his shroud like a splendid robe The Tallit he received from his father, his inheritance Was etched with the blue letters of holiness.