Tallits in elegant wool, cotton, cotton blends, rayon and vibrant silk are available in a variety of both masculine and feminine styles. Talis bags made of soft velvet unique with traditional and contemporary styling are lined and have a zipper. Beautiful cotton embroidered bags and vibrant silk tallit sets are also available at Judaica Specialties. To hold your tallit neatly in place our assortment includes tallit clips for Gary Rosenthal, Israeli sterling silver, traditional and artist tallit clips from around the globe. The good news if you don’t see the one you like here, let us know what you are interested in we will do our best to find it for you.
The tallit (Hebrew, also called tallis (Yiddish, plural taleysm), is a prayer shawl that is worn during the morning Jewish services (the Shacharit prayers). It has special twined and knotted fringes known as tzitzit attached to its four corners. The tallit is sometimes also referred to as the arba kanfot, meaning "four corners," although this term is more commonly used to refer only to the tallit katan undergarment with tzitzit. The bible mandates that the tzitzit contain a thread of blue known as tekhelet. Since the bible itself does not describe how to tie the tzitzit, interpretation of the oral tradition has resulted in a number of methods of tying. The eight strings are really four that are folded through the hole on the tallit.
Historical evidence suggests that the Torah explicitly commands that Tzitzit be added to the four corners of garments (Maimonides considered it one of the most important of the 613 mitzvot) traditionally the wearing of Tzitzit began with this commandment. In early Judaism, Tzitzit were used for the corners of ordinary everyday clothing; most Jewish people at the time wore clothing which consisted of a sheet-like item wrapped around the body, comparable to the abayah (blanket) worn by the bedouins for protection from sun and rain, and to the toga of ancient Greece and Rome. As recorded in the Talmud, these were sometimes worn partly doubled, and sometimes with the ends thrown over the shoulders.
After the 13th century CE, Tzitzit began to be worn on new inner garments, known as Arba Kanfos, rather than the outer garments. This inner garment was a 3ft by 1ft rectangle, with a hole in the centre for the head to pass through; the modern Tallit evolved from this mediaeval item. By modern times, the four-cornered sheet-like cloth fell out of fashion and became regarded as impractical compared with alternatives; since most modern western clothing does not have four clear corners, the rule essentially became obsolete in daily life.
However, traditional Jews began to voluntarily wear a small tallit in ordinary life, in order to explicitly fulfill the commandment to wear Tzitzit; some Jewish commentators argue that it is a transgression to miss a commandment that one is able to fulfill. Tallit are also often worn during prayer for this reason, and this is practiced by a wider group of Jews. Tallit is often used as a chuppah in Jewish wedding ceremonies.
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