How To Pick the Perfect Tallit: A Gift Guide
The wearing of a tallit (or prayer shawl) is one of the most special Jewish religious acts. It comes directly from the Torah, and the fringes on the tallit are to remind the Jewish people of the mitzvot (commandments).
There are two types of tallitot (the plural of tallit). There is the tallit gadol, which is what most people think of when they hear the word tallit. This is the large prayer shawl worn at a bar or bat mitzvah, during morning prayers, and when getting married. They are often beautifully decorated and given as a gift to a child who is reaching bar or bat mitzvah age. The other type is the tallit katan, which is a four-cornered undershirt with tzitzit attached that observant Jews wear every day, either with the tzitzit tucked inside their pants or left hanging out.
Want to know more about the history and tradition of the tallit? Check out our Tallit 101 blog post!
And if you'd like to take on this tradition and are looking for the perfect tallit - or are perhaps looking to give one to a loved one as a beautifully meaningful gift for a wedding, bar or bat mitzvah, or other special occasion - you'll need this guide to all the different types of stunning tallitot you can get from Israel's best artists!
Tallitot can be made from wool, cotton, linen, or silk, but most authorities on Jewish law champion wool as the ideal material. At Judaica WebStore, we carry a wonderful selection of traditional tallitot, made from pure, unblended wool, with blue or black stripes. This classic design has evolved over the years to include decorative corners and collars in a variety of colors and sizes. Looking for something a little more modern? There are plenty of contemporary styles too! A tallit's stripes can really play off a person's personality, as seen with this Gray, Bordeaux, and Silver Tallit which gives off a more serious tone compared to this playful Light Blue and Silver Tallit.
Our range of modern tallitot include shawls made of a blend of synthetic fibers, which is great for vegans and those who want to avoid animal products such as silk and wool. Most are simple yet stylish and feature the traditional blue striped design, but we also have an array of tallitot that feature decorative stripes and stunning designs like Jerusalem. We also have tallitot with backgrounds in beautiful colors, finishes, and sizes. In this section, you will also find the famously colorful Bnei Or Tallit with stripes in every color. These tallitot are perfect for everyday use, and for keeping in the back of synagogues for visitors who may not have their own.
Our designer tallitot are truly spectacular and come from some of Israel's top artists and designers. Many of these tallitot incorporate hand-painted designs, intricate embroideries, and stunning appliques in vibrant colors, like this Sheer Lilac Tallit or this richly colored Jerusalem Tallit. Brightly colored tallitot make magnificent gifts for those who enjoy making a statement and standing out among the crowd. You can choose between a solid white background and let the decorations do the talking, like with this Embroidered Tree of Life Tallit, or let the colors of tallit itself impress those around you, as with this exciting Star of David Rainbow Tallit.
While traditionally only men have worn a tallit, more and more women are also embracing the mitzvah, and Israeli designers are creating gorgeous tallitot to meet the demand! We have a wide selection of women's tallitot, featuring fabulous feminine motifs designed specifically with the Jewish woman in mind. Many flaunt floral designs, like this Custom-Made Blue Tallit and this Embroidered Silk Tallit designed by the renowned Yair Emanuel. For something more classic, check out this gorgeous Pink Pomegranate Tallit.
❤︎ We love this colorful Tree of Life tallit from celebrated Israeli designer Yair Emanuel.
Tallitot have a tendency to slip off the shoulders, which can be annoying to constantly fix when praying. But fear not, at Judaica Webstore we have a range of stylish tallit clips that are designed to hold your tallit in place! A subtle way to personalize your tallit, Tallit Clips come in a variety of styles and designs, with many featuring iconic Jewish symbols like the Star of David and the Lion of Judah. Other options include these intricate sterling silver Chai clips, while others allow you to carry a piece of the Holy Land with you everywhere, like these Jerusalem Stone Menorah Clips.
❤︎ We love this elegant handcrafted set of sterling silver Star of David clips.
Traditional tallitot are square, making it difficult to know which way is up and which is down. Therefore, many choose to put an Atarah along the collar to mark it, while also adding a personal touch to their tallit. The Atarah, which literally translates as "crown," is a beautiful piece of fabric often embroidered with the blessing recited before putting on the tallit, like with this Star of David One, that sits at the nape of the neck. You can also choose a beautiful embroidered one with an intricate depiction of Jerusalem or designs inspired by the flora of Israel like this stylish pomegranate Atarah.
If you've chosen the perfect tallit, you need the perfect bag to carry and store it in too! We have an alluring selection of high-quality tallit bags that feature some of the most unique artwork in the Judaica world! Many of these bags also include a matching Tefillin bag, added for convenience. In Israel, one of the most popular styles is this Protective Travel Set, since Israelis are constantly on the go. You can choose between bags that say exactly what's inside like this Chic Black Set or go for something more decorative, like this Tree of Life Set or this Temple Embroidery Set. There are even faux leather bags that look as luxurious as the real thing, like Yair Emanuel's stylish bags available in blue or brown.
Once you've chosen the perfect Tallit design and a bag to keep it safe, be sure to check out our informative Tallit Size Buying Guide to help you pick the correct size. Happy shopping!