If a tallit is nothing more than a dance prop to you, I suppose it’s not much of a stretch to use the tallit as a mop, too (3:58).
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!
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.
I was prepared for him slaughtering Hebrew and adding a line about Jesus to the blessing for putting on a tallit, but he still managed to surprise me by unknowingly ending his blessing with “todah rabah” (“thank you very much”).
Despite its size, the tallit does not double as a bath towel.
Inner monologue: “Wow, people actually think I’m an Orthodox rabbi, even though I’m yammering on about Christ, just because I’m wearing a tallit gadol. Do they even know that Jews only wear it during prayer? Man, I bet I can pull off being a Jewish Cherokee Indian next time if I add a headdress.”
(The so-called “Orthodox rabbi” in this video is Daniel Kayes Thomson, who led a Messianic congregation in Michigan and falsely claimed to have received a rabbinic degree from an Orthodox yeshiva. He still lies about his background, but now he’s a guide for a Christian tour company.)
Be the envy of your Messianic Jewish synagogue with this lovely essence of “shalom” women’s tallit! If anyone asks why “shalom” is missing a letter, just say that the letter represents the Jews still missing from the body of Christ and that we can’t truly have “shalom” until they accept him into their lives.
Not that anyone you know can read a lick of Hebrew, of course.