Precious Heirlooms can also create a one-of-a-kind Tallis for you.
Tzitit when completed, add up to the number 613 to represent the mitzvot (good deeds) in the Torah.
Your choice of style, color and fabric fashioned to your personal taste and made from the finest silks, wools as well as other exotic fabrics found from all over the world, allows us to design a tallis custom-made specifically for you.
Each tallit is sewn to meet your personal taste.
One of the features that sets Precious Heirlooms apart from other designers is our unique ability to integrate components from an antique tallit creating a meaningful new heirloom. Your family's heritage can further enhance this heirloom with the inclusion of names of important family members.
The Tallit is the shawl (in yiddish: tallis, plural: tallitot) worn by Jews during prayer. It is put on during the weekday morning when personal prayers are chanted, during the Sabbath and on Holidays. Tallitot range in size and shape from very large traditional (shoulder to floor) type garments, to some narrower.
What turns a mere cloth into a talllit is the addition of the TzItziot or Tzitzit. They are the knotted strings that are placed in the 4 corners of each prayer shawl. These strings must be woven with the intent of being used on a tallit in order to be Kosher, and are strung in a pattern of knots and wraps.
In biblical times a blue thread was intertwined within the tzitzit called Tekhelet. At some point in time the formula from which the dye was created to dye the string was lost and therfore; the Rabbis of old discontinued the practice. Recently scientists have claimed that the formula used then has been found and some again are enhancing their tallitot with the blue thread.
The Atarah (neckpiece) is sewn on the tallit so that one can recognize the top (crown) of the tallis.
On the neckpiece, you have a choice of not just the traditional prayer to "enwrap oneself" in a tallit, but of more spiritual, meaningful phrases, to touch one's soul. And, for a small additional fee, one may also choose a phrase i.e. from a Torah reading, a psalm or your favorite Hebrew quote. However; Renee Savitz says that no quote is required.
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No where is it forbidden for women to wear a tallit. As a matter of fact, it is said that Rashi's daughter wore one!
A narrow form-fitted tallis, worn predominantly by reform and some conservative clergy, is also often referred to as an Atarah. You can see our selection here.