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November 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Author: Dina Shtull – Virtual
If My Tallit Could Talk…?
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Daydreaming in synagogue, this 13-year-old notices details in the design of his prayer shawl (in Hebrew, talit) that he never saw before, particularly in regard to the knotted cords that hang from its edges. Dozing off, he dreams that he is an ancient Israelite erecting a tent that will protect his family from a desert storm. His dream leads to the discovery of remarkable similarities between the tent of his ancestors and his own talit.
But his discovery leads to further questions and discoveries that are contrary to what he had been taught and what had been taught for generations before him. Ultimately, the process of seeking new answers brings him closer to his past and more connected to this ritual garment.
The story represents the universal theme of a young person’s struggle to find meaning in an age-old tradition. The boy’s independent and creative thinking is a model for anyone who wonders why something is the way it is and pursues an adventure of the mind to find out.
Dina Shtull is a career educator who has worked with children, young teens, and adults in school, synagogue, camp, and university settings. A former elementary school principal and camp program director, she currently prepares young teens for their Bar/Bat/Simchat Mitzvah milestone ceremonies and tutors others in Judaic studies. She is also an enabler of residential downsizing through her service, Downsize with Dignity, LLC.