Jewish Dress-Up Accessories

When the Messianic movement appropriates Jewish ritual objects, it often alters the objects to promote Christianity. Take this “New Covenant Prayer Shawl,” for instance, designed to look like a tallit. It even has a blessing in Hebrew!

What is the usual Hebrew blessing written on a tallit?

Blessed are you, Lord, our G-d, sovereign of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to wrap ourselves in the tzitzit (fringes).

And what is the Hebrew blessing written on this shawl?

The main Prayer in Hebrew on the (Atara) reads in English as follow: Blessed are you O’ Lord King of the Universe Who has fulfilled all of the law through Jesus the Messiah and have covered us with his Righteousness. [All errors in original text.]

If the law about wearing tzitzit no longer applies, there’s no need for a prayer shawl. If you wish to wear one anyway, there’s no need to make it look just like a tallit—unless, of course, you’re really just playing Jewish dress-up.


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