Donning a Tallit from Israel gives the special feeling whenever you do it.
A Tallit often spelled Tallith or Tallis‚ is a prayer shawl with which the worshipper is wrapped during prayer.
A Tallit is used during the morning prayers on all weekdays as well as on Shabbat and the holidays. There are exceptions like Tishaa BeAv when a Tallit is donned on all day long and on wedding ceremonies when the groom traditionally wears a Tallit. Tallit is worn by the Cohen during Birkat Cohanim‚ the priestly blessing.
From the Torah in the book of Numbers 15:37-40‚ we were commanded to wear four Tzitzit‚ Tassels‚ at the corners of our garments as a reminder of the Mitzvoth.
The purpose of the prayer shawl itself is only to hold the Tassels‚ so that the cloth of the Tallit itself has no religious meaning. Thus it is not the garment itself however exquisite or elegant that makes the Tallit‚ prayer shawl‚ special. What makes the piece of square cloth into a Tallit are the Tzitzit‚ the tassels on its four corners. However in the wish to beautify the commandments‚ Hiddur Mitzvah‚ beautiful materials were chosen for the material of the Tallit.
Translated he word Tallit meant a cloak and was a rectangular mantel that looked like a blanket and was worn by men in biblical times.
In order to fulfill the commandment of wearing the Tzitzit today we wear a four-cornered Jewish Prayer Apparel called a Tallit during morning services. For generations people used white wool Tallits with blue or black stripes woven into them. Nowadays‚ cotton‚ silk and synthetic materials are used to create a Tallit. Many craftspeople have created beautiful Tallits that are still affordable. You will find a whole range of Taliesin; from the traditional Tallit to the contemporary‚ and from the sporty Tallit to the elegant ones. Some Tallit are woven other Tallits are made of cut and sewed cloth with adornments attached to them. There are artist who paint on the Tallits and use biblical scenes and elements that they integrate into exquisite paintings that upgrades the Tallit into a Judaic art piece.
Many of the Tallit designs come with a printed or embroidered Atara‚ neckpiece with the blessing one recites when donning the Tallit. Sometimes this Atara on the Tallit is very precious and is made of silver and semiprecious stones.
Generally every Jewish boy who has reached his Bar Mitzvah age wears a Tallit. In some Ashkenazi congregations there exists a custom of not wearing a Tallit prior to marriage.
We offer a large selection of exquisite Tallits from Israel in many sizes and designs that will capture your eye and make great gifts for many Jewish lifecycle events.
Our beautiful Tallit collection is stunning and extensive. A wide selection of contemporary prayer shawls Tallit waits for you here in our online Tallit shop.
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