Each tassel has eight threads (when doubled over) and five sets of knots, totaling 13. The sum of all numbers is 613, traditionally the number of commandments in the Torah. This reflects the concept that donning a garment with tzitzyot reminds its wearer of all Torah commandments, as specified in Numbers 15:39.
In Conservative Judaism, the shawl traditionally has been worn by boys who have been through their bar mitzvah — generally about age 13 — and by men. There is no universal thought about women using the tallit , Zanerhaft said, but a general rule is that it is a ritual obligation for men and optional for women .
Journal categories include: God Loves Me—Red; God Wants Me to Grow Closer to Him—Orange; God Wants Me to Have a Thankful Heart—Yellow; God Gives Me Hope—Green; God Forgives (and He Wants Me to Forgive Too!) —Blue; God Wants Me to Pray for My Family & Friends—Indigo; and God Has a Plan for My Future—Violet.
Repeat until shawl is desired length (about 58 inches). Before beginning to use the third skein, set aside yarn needed for the fringe. Add 4-6 inch fringe across both ends of shawl . Approximate finished sizes are 24′ – 36” wide and with fringe about 6′ long .
The tassels that finish off the ends of an honor cord represent membership of a smaller group within that class. Honor cords worn around the neck differentiate the graduate in other area of academic life, such as honor societies and various areas of study.
In the Hebrew Bible , the Lord spoke to Moses instructing him to tell the Israelites to make tassels (Hebrew tzitzit) on the corners of their garments, to help them to remember all the commandments of the Lord and to keep them (Numbers 15:37-40), and as a sign of holiness.
Many Rabbis believe that the traditional method of burial is the correct one and that cremation is prohibited. Although there is no explicit prohibition about Judaism and cremation , there is material to support both cases.
Male Jews wear both the tallit and tefillin for morning prayer, but just the tallit for afternoon and evening prayers. They also wear the kippah to cover their heads. It reminds them that God is always with them and that they must keep God’s laws.
Most Jews will cover their heads when praying, attending the synagogue or at a religious event or festival. Wearing a skullcap is seen as a sign of devoutness. Women also cover their heads by wearing a scarf or a hat. The most common reason (for covering the head) is a sign of respect and fear of God.
Yellow (Primary Color) Yellow is also associated with hope, as can be seen in some countries when yellow ribbons are displayed by families who have loved ones at war. Yellow is also associated with danger, though not as strongly as red. In some countries, yellow has very different connotations.
Red evokes the color of blood, and therefore is the color of martyrs and of Christ’s death on the Cross. Red also symbolizes fire, and therefore is the color of the Holy Spirit. Green is the color of growth. Blue is the color of the sky and in some rites honors Mary.
PINK . Pink is associated with purity, love and compassion. It communicates gentleness and freshness. Pink represents good health and life, which you offer to children in poverty.
Encyclopaedia Judaica describes the prayer shawl as “a rectangular mantle that looked like a blanket and was worn by men in ancient times”. Also, it “is usually white and made either of wool, cotton, or silk”.