The Traditional Tallit

One of the most recognizable Jewish religious items is the tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl. The use of tallitot dates back to the biblical period 1800 BCE.  Over time the tallit has changed forms.  The tallit as we know it today began to take its current form around 1000 CE. Today tallitot are available in […]

Function of the Atara

A Tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl worn during prayer.  Before a Tallit can be worn a special blessing must first be recited.  An Atara is a piece of fabric placed on the edge of a Tallit that is embroidered with detailed designs as well as the blessing recited before putting on a Tallit. The […]

Colorful Tallitot

Traditionally a tallit or Jewish prayer shawl is made of white wool and decorated with either black or blue stripes.  Today tallitot can be found in a wide variety of fabrics, colors and patterns.  Defining the difference between a traditional tallit and a modern tallit can be quite difficult.  What is considered to be modern […]