The Jewish prayer shawl, tallit, from an Aramaic root word meaning ‘cover’ is a traditional garment used to facilitate a kind of solitude with God, even when praying in community.
The tallit is worn over the outer clothes during the morning prayers (Shacharit) and worn during all prayers on Yom Kippur.
The tallit has tzitzit attached to its four corners.
Most traditional tallitot are made of wool.
Tallitot are often first worn by children on their Bar Mitzvahs. In orthodox, Ashkenazi tradition, a Tallit is customarily presented to a groom before marriage as part of the dowry.
In the egalitarian Reform tradition, a Tallit may be worn by men and women.