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Jewish wedding customs with the Tallit

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If you’re like many people, you probably associate the tallit with a bar mitzvah ceremony, picturing a scrawny boy of 13 pulling one on over his shoulders to go read the Torah.  But there are a lot more uses for the tallit (or tallis, as it’s sometimes known), and the Jewish wedding is one area where it can really be front and center at the heart of meaningful Jewish rituals. Here are three beautiful (and some ancient) wedding customs using a tallit: 1) Among many families in Europe, it was traditional for bride and groom to be married under a tallit held up by poles or by tall friends or relatives.  To add even more meaning, this could be the tallit of a beloved or revered relative, or any other tallit that has special significance to the couple. 2) It is a custom for the bride, or the bride’s family, to present the groom with a brand-new tallit in honor of the wedding.  Some Sephardim even have the groom walk down the aisle wrapped in th…

A Tallit: the perfect Judaica gift

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A Tallit: the perfect Judaica gift In the classic joke about bar mitzvahs, the boy begins his speech with the words, “Today, I am a fountain pen.”  It’s a joke that doesn’t resonate as much anymore today because the fountain pen has ceased to be the fallback gift for this occasion – today’s bar mitzvah boys are far more likely to receive gift cards for the iTunes store or a new gadget, phone, or device than any kind of writing instrument. But if you’re looking for a gift with Jewish significance, neither a fountain pen nor a gift card is exactly the right present.  For close relatives looking to buy something ahead of time that will be a crucial part of the big day, a Tallit can make a perfect gift. Beyond bar mitzvah, a new Tallit is also a great gift for a Jewish groom – plan to give it to him well ahead of time so he can wear it to his Aufruf, when he is called to the Torah the Shabbat before the wedding.  It’s even possible to order an extra-large Tallit that can serve as a…

Bar Mitzvah Tallit

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Bar Mitzvah Tallit Like father, like son.  Bar Mitzvah is a time when a Jewish boy takes his place at the front of the congregation – an adult at last, at least in the eyes of Jewish law.  So what better gift for the occasion than a Tallit, the traditional garment he’ll use to wrap himself up in at the long-awaited moment when he’s called up to the Torah? Along with tefillin and a kippah, a handmade Tallit makes a terrific present either on its own or in a gift set, offering just the right traditional touch for this important occasion. While those of Ashkenazi (European) descent do not wear a Tallit for regular prayer services until they are married, most Jewish boys of Sepharadi (Mizrachim, “Middle-Eastern”) descent wear the Tallit every single weekday after they become Bar Mitzvah.  Even Ashkenazim, however, wear the Tallit whenever they are called to the Torah, whether married or not.  Some simply borrow one until they are married, but with his own very Tallit, the Bar Mitzva…

The wedding Tallit – a special Jewish touch

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The wedding Tallit – a special Jewish touch For North American Jews, it can come as a surprise to visit a synagogue in Israel and see kids running around wearing a tallit.  In Mizrachi (sometimes called Sephardi) synagogues, it’s customary to wear a tallit from the age of bar mitzvah.  Most Ashkenazi (European) Jews do things a little differently: except when they’re called to the Torah for an aliyah, men don’t wear a tallit until after marriage, making a tallit one of the most meaningful gifts a groom can receive. The tallit is a traditional gift from the bride or her family, but naturally, it has to be chosen with his tastes in mind:  what size does he prefer?; is he looking for pure black and white, or would he be more comfortable in something a little more nuanced?  Don’t forget the atarah, either, the “crown” that decorates one side of the tallit to indicate which way is up and add weight so it doesn’t slip off his shoulders.  Some carry a simple blessing, while others ar…

High Holiday Tallit

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Choosing the right High Holiday Tallit The High Holy Days are a time of year when we are renewed in every way.  So what better way to put your best foot forward this year than by arriving in synagogue wearing a brand-new tallit?  Lots people put a ton of thought into what they’re going to wear – which suit, which pair of shoes, which tie or belt?  But stop to consider that fashions come and go from year to year.  What really connects us during the high holidays to Jews throughout history are the traditional items we share: prayer books, Torah scrolls, and of course, the tallit. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and all the Jewish holidays, the right tallit is a garment you can wrap yourself in, knowing you’re creating a sacred time and space; your own home in the synagogue.  Choosing a high holiday tallit carefully can actually help shift the meaning of these holy days, building our kavannah, or intention, and helping us focus our prayers. Whether you dress up or down, whether you go to …

Making hand made tallit

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Handmade Bar Mitzvah Tallit

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Bar Mitzvah TallitA tallit (often called “tallis”) is one of the most popular traditional Judaica gifts for a boy turning 13 and reaching the age of Bar Mitzvah.  Now, there’s a way to add even more meaning to the gift by giving a tallit that has been hand woven by an artisan living in a small community in southern Israel.
Inspired by techniques learned in the holy city of Tzfat (Safed), our tallitot are hand-woven by professional weavers using the finest materials from the Land of Israel.  With a wide range of colors to choose from, you will find designs that are modern and traditional, reflecting both taste and tradition in a garment that is suffused with spirituality and is certain to elevate and inspire any occasion.  If you don’t see the colors that you prefer, please contact us and we are happy to create a custom order.
The tallit is an ancient symbol of Jewish devotion, and our goal is to restore the quality and authenticity of this symbol and make our legendary craftsmanship av…