A prayer shawl, or tallit (טַלִּית) in Hebrew, is a rectangular shawl made of wool, cotton, silk, or synthetic fibers. The origin of the prayer shawl lies in Numbers 15 calling for the attachment of fringes to the four-cornered garments, worn during Biblical times, as a reminder of the 613 commandments of the Lord.
Today, a growing number of Believers consider the use of a prayer shawl as important. Covering oneself with the prayer shawl is meant to assist in focusing on prayer. It is symbolic of wrapping oneself with God's Love as one prays.