In part 2, Gidon Ariel explains how Jews pray, Tefillin, and shows them his own prayer shawl. He also explains how the word Torah is a hint to the number of commandments that Jews must keep.

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    Ariel,

    Just before I listened to you. I had looked up this Roman Catholic devotional practice in Wikipedia. Do you know if they are related? The scapular explained earlier is a little like the tallit. The smaller version a little like the phylactery. Memory devices. Were the Catholics imitating the Jews?

    Devotional scapular[edit]

    The devotional scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or Brown Scapular
    Devotional scapulars are objects of popular piety, primarily worn by Roman Catholics, as well as some Anglicans and Lutherans, designed to show the wearer’s pledge to a confraternity, a saint, or a way of life, as well as reminding the wearer of that promise.[5] Some devotional scapulars bear images, or verses from scripture. Devotional scapulars typically consist of two rectangular pieces of cloth, wool or other fabric that are connected by bands. One rectangle hangs over the chest of the wearer, while the other rests on the back, with the bands running over the shoulders. Some scapulars have extra bands running under the arms and connecting the rectangles to prevent them from getting dislodged underneath the wearer’s top layer of clothes.

    Rosary and scapular
    The roots of devotional scapulars can be traced to the gathering of laity into confraternities for spiritual direction, whereby the faithful would be assigned some badge or token of affiliation and devotion. The image or message on the scapular usually reflects the order’s focus, tradition or favored devotion.[25] Devotional scapulars and the indulgences attached to them grew along with the growth of Catholic confraternities during the 17th and 18th centuries. The fact that specific promises and indulgences were attached to the wearing of scapulars helped increase their following, as was seen with the early example of the Brown Scapular, habit of the Carmelites.[26] This promise was based on the Carmelite tradition that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock at Cambridge, England in 1251 in answer to his appeal for help for his oppressed order and recommended the Brown Scapular of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel to him and promised salvation for the faithful who wore it piously. [27][28][29] Regardless of the scholarly debates regarding the exact origin of the Brown Scapular, it is clear that it has been a part of the Carmelite habit since the late 13th century.

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