Ritual dress and objects

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Ritual Objects and Dress

Like most of the religious traditions the Jews have a collection of ritual objects that they wear associated with worship. When a devout Jewish adult goes to the synagogue they will wear the following ritual objects, each of which has a tradition associated with it

Tallit: Before beginning to worship or pray the devout Jew will often put on a prayer shawl. The fringes on the shawl remind him of the many commandments (613) of the Torah. He will first cover his head completely with the Tallit and say:

"Even as I cover myself with the Tallit in this world so my soul deserve to be clothed with a beautiful spiritual robe in the world to come"

Kippur or Yarmulke: On their heads the Jew devout Jew always wears the Yarmulke, a small skull cap, which reminds then that they always duty bound to follow the laws of God at all times and in all places.

Phylacteries or Tefillin: Phylacteries are small leather boxes that have long straps attached that are worn on the left forearm and on the forehead. Inside the boxes are passages from the scriptures, including the Shema. The phylactery on


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