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  1. Jewish Symbols

  2. Tallit

  3. Tallit is a four cornered garment that is worn during the morning prayers. The most important part is the tzitzit or fringes tied onto the corners. The fringe reminds us of the laws in the Torah. • Some Jews wear a small one pinned under their shirt, so they can fulfill the commandment of wearing Tzitzit all day

  4. Tefillin

  5. Small leather boxes with straps that can be tied on the arm and around the head. • They contain verses on parchment from four sections of the Torah (Including Shema) • Worn during morning prayers • Reminder of God’s commandments • Head --- Serve God through mind, study, belief • Arm – Serve God with body

  6. Mezuzah

  7. Attached to the right side of the doorpost as you enter a room. • Usually on front doorway, but can be on every room (not bathrooms, closets) • Inscribed on a small piece of parchment inside is the first two paragraphs of the Shema

  8. Kippah

  9. Sometimes call Yarmelka (Yiddish) • Skullcap- small round cap worn on the head • Can be worn by men and women. (In Orthodox Judaism – only men.) • Some wear it all day, some wear it while praying, eating, studying or only during prayer • Signifies that humans are dependent on God and beneath God

  10. Shofar

  11. Ram’s horn • Blown during the month prior to Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) • Loud noise wakes people up and reminds them of their responsibility to ask forgiveness of their sins

  12. Star of David • Six pointed star • Named after King David • Legend says it was on his shield • New- Popular during the last 200 years • Appears on the flag of the state of Israel