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DID cloth­ing re­tailer H&M get in an un­nec­es­sary flap when it with­drew a striped scarf bear­ing a dis­tinct re­sem­blance to a tal­lit from sale in Is­rael?

Most peo­ple here saw no prob­lem with the gar­ment.

While Re­form Se­nior Rabbi Laura Jan­nerKlaus­ner, who tweeted a pic­ture of her­self wear­ing one, ad­mit­ted feel­ing am­biva­lent about the item, she added, “even so the idea of many Bri­tish peo­ple walk­ing around with the ab­so­lute like­ness of a tal­lit is quite as­tound­ing but maybe should be taken as a com­pli­ment”.

A Jewish Stud­ies teacher at a Jewish school, who sported one on Shab­bat, said she thought any ob­jec­tions were “ridicu­lous — it is not dis­re­spect­ful or mak­ing a mock­ery”.

United Syn­a­gogue Rabbi Yitzchak Scho­chet rec­om­mended that those who wore one should say a prayer — “for bet­ter weather”. Leo Baeck rab­binic stu­dents Deborah Blausten (left) and Anna Pos­ner sport the H&M scarf

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