The Grandfather’s Tallis
A Tallis is a prayer shaw with particular signifigance. It is worn during prayer and as a canopy used for a wedding, called a Huppa.This particular Tallis has lived in my closet for the last 21 years, since my dad passed away.
My youngest son was especially shy, and did not speak to strangers or in public.He had some learning diabilities and was not sure if he could go through with the ceremonial rite of passage into adulthood, which required the reading of a portion of the Torah, written in ancient Hebrew.. He studied for a year for his Bar Mitzvah.We were all so worried for him.
Most student read from pages that are alliterations, but this young man read directly from the old scroll. My father, his grandfather, who had been ailing, managed to stand and wrap the very Tallis around his grandson, so full of pride and joy.
Several weeks later, the grandfather was heard saying that this day had been the best day of
his life. He passed away the very next day.