A Tallis is a shawl in the Jewish faith worn during prayer. This one lived in a closet a few decades, a remembrance of a grandfather’s passing. Fast forward to a grandson in the family who was uncomfortable with – even dreaded – the ceremonial rite of passage into adulthood – the traditional Bar Mitzvah. This ceremony requires reading a portion of the Torah, written in ancient Hebrew. This young man studied for a year for this event, just to be sure he had it right!
To embrace the whole affair, he read directly from the old scroll, often considered quite challenging. His Grandfather stood by and wrapped the old Tallis around this boy on the threshold of manhood – giving him comfort and conﬁdence, and creating a mood so full of pride and joy. The congregants were teary to say the least, and the boy certainly stood tall.