Sunday, March 17, 2013
Ritual Washings and the Prayer Shawl
Prior to going to the wall of the temple the men do ritual washings with living water. The water is put into a pitcher and then poured over the hands so that the water is living water. The prayer shawl is worn by everyone who has had their bar mitzvah. They make covenants to keep the commandments which are signified by the ties and knots representing over 600 commandments they are to keep. They wear this cloth under their clothing the rest of their lives to remember the covenants they have made. It comes in many different fabrics and has a hole to be put over your head. They even have the prayers shawl in mesh fabric!