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tallit

(tälēt`), in Judaism, four-cornered, fringed shawl worn by males during the morning prayers. It is donned before putting on the phylacteriesphylacteries
[Gr.,=safeguard], two small leather boxes worn during morning prayers by Orthodox and Conservative Jews after the age of 13 years and one day. Each box contains strips of parchment inscribed with verses from the Scriptures: Ex. 13.1–10; 13.11–16; Deut. 6.
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, except on Yom Kippur when it is worn all through the day (phylacteries are not worn on this day). The tallit is usually made of white wool, cotton, or silk, and often has blue or black stripes on the ends and an ornamental strip worn near the neck. Woven into the white garment is a blue fringe (tzitzit), worn in fulfillment of the biblical commandment (Num. 15.37–41). To be distinguished from this tallit, known as the Tallit Gadol [large tallit], is the Tallit Katan [small tallit], which is worn under the outer garments throughout the day. This practice is less widely observed.
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His son continues the process of assimilation the father has begun: "Aujourd'hui Jacobi est mort, et son fils, beau jeune homme de vingt ans, a herite de sa fortune et de son taleth. Ce fils se fait appeler Jacoube, afin de dissimuler entierement son origine israelite." Jacoube works as a stockbroker and, like many of Balzac's nouveau riche characters, lives in the fashionable Chaussee-d'Antin.
Like many of Ben-Levi's fictions, the taleth story functions as a kind of modern parable.
Along with its roots in the tradition of religious narrative, the story of the taleth displays many of the characteristics that link Ben-Levi's writing with the new kind of fiction that his contemporary Balzac had begun writing in the 1830s.