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prayer shawls used for religious purposes
Created By: Phyllis Newman

I am a Vice President of Temple Emanuel of Tempe, AZ, a reform Jewish congregation of about 550 families. I have been knitting over 60 years. I started our knitting group, "Yarn Yentas",about five years ago. It is comprised of mainly beginning knitters. When I read about your shawls, I decided that we would knit tallism, a prayer shawl which is worn during our religious services. It took about 3 months to complete. Each knitter chose her own pattern and yarn. When the item was completed, we had a religious ceremony during which we added the fringe which signifies the commandment to observe God's laws. During the women's service at the temple, we all paraded in our new prayer shawls They are also used in our healing service, where participants love to wrap themselves in them, allowing the warmth and spirit to encompass them. They have been very popular and have enabled new knitters to join the group because of their relatively easy knitting patterns and the short length of time required to finish the garment.

Now we get together 2-3 times a week. The group has meshed into a very cohesive friendly group who really enjoy each other, while obtaining an end result which each member can be proud of.

I would encourage anyone who wants to start a group or who wants to get in touch with knitters in her organization to think about doing the shawls as an introduction into knitting. What you will find is what we have found: it can be a way to a lasting worthwhile friendship, while constructing a worthwhile garment of religious significance made by your own hands

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