Silverstein Living On A Prayer (Shawl)

A few days ago, anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein mocked John McCain for mentioning the Jewish food latkes in connection with Passover (they are connected with Chanukah instead).

But as I’ve shown a few times before, Silverstein himself is ignorant when it comes to Judaism.

In a recent post on recently convicted “Jewish terrorist” Jack Teitel, Silverstein does it again.

Accompanying the post is the following photo and caption:


But what Teitel is wearing in the photo is not a Jewish ritual prayer shawl. This is:

tallit gadol

Known as a tallit gadol,  it is worn over the outer clothes during the morning prayers (Shacharit), as well as during Yom Kippur.

What Teitel is wearing in the photo are tzitzit, also known as the tallit katan.


The tallit katan is worn by Orthodox Jewish males not as a prayer shawl but to fulfill the mitzvah (commandment) of tzitzit (fringes or tassels) per the following Torah passages:

Numbers 15:38: “Speak to the children of Israel and you shall say to them that they shall make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments, throughout their generations, and they shall affix a thread of blue on the fringe of each corner.”

Deuteronomy 22:12:”You shall make yourself twisted threads, on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.”

The tallit katan is worn all day long, usually under one’s shirt, but sometimes, as in Teitel’s case, over the clothes.

Nitpicking? Perhaps, but Silverstein claims to have studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and portrays himself as someone knowledgeable on Judaism.

Added to the list.

Thanks to IAcquisitive for drawing my attention to this.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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