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Tassels/Tallit/Tefillin

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Author(s): Ottenheijm, Eric
Wearing tzitzit, elongated tassels at the fringes of one’s cloak, and donning phylacteries, tefillin, is a notable feature of male Jewish, religious public practice in late antiquity. From Hellenistic times onward, these practices are considered a regular interpretation of biblical commandments and are perceived as Jewish attire. Second Temple and early rabbinic sources mention tzitzit and tefillin as a pair ( Let. Aris. 158–159; Jos. Ant. 4.213; t. Ber. 6(7).24, Mekilta dRabbi Ishmael, Shirata 3, on Exod. 15:2 reads תפילה/ tefillah (prayer) but both the context, mentioning…
Date: 2020-04-14