A truly incredible companion of mine provided for me his own tallit. I was pondering whether this has meaning in Jewish custom. Would somebody give another person their tallit routinely? Should I consider this an exceptionally uncommon thing to happen?
Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:05 PM
From my understanding as someone who studies and provides for all religions, tallits are often passed down from generation to generation, usually from father to son or sometimes from a father-in-law to a son-in-law. It's usually not worn by women besides Reformed Jews, and from my understanding it's typically not given as a gift to someone who's not within the family or not a Jew.
Seeing as how a friend gave it to you I'd consider it a great gift and gesture of friendship, though you could always ask him.
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