Category Archives: Judaica

All About the Tallit

The Tallit (often called a prayer shawl or Tallis, with many spelling variations) is perhaps the most recognizable and universal Jewish ritual object, with a rich history going back millennia. But what is it really? Where does it come from? And why do Jews wear it? The basic origins of the Tallit go back to […]

Diving Deep into Mezuzah Customs and Lore

If you grew up in, or ever visited a traditional Jewish home, school, synagogue, or Jewish business, you’re probably already familiar with the sight of a Mezuzah hanging on the doorposts. But what is a Mezuzah, exactly? Simply put, a Mezuzah is an object which fulfills the Biblical commandment to “write the words of God […]