Family Tallit

The Family Tallit
The Family Tallit

My brother’s tallit has been part of our family for many generations. It was originally my great grandfather’s as a gift from his children. He had never had his Bar Mitzvah because of difficulties and challenges he experienced when moving to America, which makes it special that  it was worn by my grandfather, mother, and brother at their Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies. This is an important part of our Jewish tradition and an important part of our family. The passing down of this tallit through the generations of my family is a visual representation of the value of l’dor vador, from generation to generation. Judaism, its teaching, values, and significance of it to my family has been passed down along with this prayer shawl. Judaism has been very important to me as I figured out my way in the world and determined my own values. Whenever I wear my own tallit, I feel that I am not only surrounded by cloth but also by the generations that came before me. Everyone in my family has their own tallit and each of them has a special significance to us, but this one represents my family. 

Place(s): Minnesota, Norfolk

– LM

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more