Blue Tallit Stripes-
Why is a particular blue color associated with Judaism? For example the Israeli flag, and the stripes on the tallit.
Blue Techelet Thread-
I was in Israel recently and saw some religious men wearing tzitzit strings with a blue thread. I thought the strings were supposed to be white. What was this blue?
Tallit - Women-
On the issue of women wearing a tallit, I understand that women don't generally wear them because they are not required to attend synagogue services 3 times a day. But is there a law forbidding this?
What is the reason that just about every tallit has a series of stripes running vertically down the tallit. Is there a reason or is it just decorative? If decorative, when did this practice begin?
What are Tzitzit?-
I recently visited Israel and saw the men praying with prayer shawls. What was that exactly?