Linda’s tallit- complete
As always ,tying the tzitzit was a mixture of the holy and the silly. I was able to get Linda’s daughter to understand the knots she would be doing by saying the words “ Chinese Staircase”. The daughter had spend hours making friendship bracelets on the hour long commute by bus on the way to an arts camp for several summers. She was expert. Her brother, did fine once he understood it was a knot he used back stage in the theatre. The kids gave their parents pointers.
The tzitzit were, after not very long, tied.
This tallit is a bit grander than than most. Linda is a rabbi and her tallit needs to be a bit more fabulous than those of the folks sitting in the pews. Thirty years ago, a rabbi would have a robe to wear on ceremonial occasions. Those robes are mostly out of ecclesiastical style, in the corner of the Jewish world that Linda inhabits. So, the tallit needs to impart a bit of the authority of her position.