qof = looks like an English letter “P” but is transliterated with a “Q”, so remember to mind your p’s and q’s!
tet = picture a bathtub viewed from the end here
qamets = is the vowel used both times, looks like English letter “T”, so picture tea!
Let’s put together a silly word picture to remember the meaning and spelling of this word!
It is no small task to mind your p’s and q’s whilst sipping tea in the bathtub!
I don't forget this word's meaning, but can get tripped up on the spelling, since there are a couple options for both a "k" sound and a "t" sound in Hebrew. Regardless, the tallit qatan is the smaller prayer shawl worn under clothing. It is a four cornered garment with tzit tzit attached to fulfill the command. This is the way I remember the meaning of the word. Tallit qatan is not to be confused with the tallit gadol, which is larger and used for synagogue services. It also has tzit tzit, and often has blue or black stripes. The flag of Israel was designed with this article of prayer clothing in mind.
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