Tallit: Simu Lev / Pay Heed
This design is based on the 16th century North African piyut (liturgical poem) “Odeh LaEl / Simu Lev El Haneshamah.” The poet, R. Shma’ya Kosson, reminds us that every morning offers a new chance to examine our souls and rediscover the jewels within that might have become hidden during the long night. Perhaps, like people made in God’s image, those opals and amethysts are also rough and unfinished on the edges, clinging to one another while reflecting the light that illuminates their search.
An excerpt of the poem’s text flows down both sides of the tallit:
Pay heed, pay heed to your own soul:
Opal, amethyst and gold,
As bright as is the sun’s warm glow,
Far brighter than the morning!
I thank God who probes all hearts
When stars sing in the morning.
Each tallit comes with a matching zippered tallit bag (see last photo), printed on both sides and machine-washable.
Material: Medium-weight cotton and satin trim. Size: 72" long x 24" wide, designed to be warn shawl-style. They're a comfortable size for men and women alike. Please see the F.A.Q. page for more information about how Goren Judaica tallitot are made, and options for customization with up to six words of Hebrew or English.