Ben’s Tallit Shop is designed to help you find just the right tallit you need – whether you want to buy a traditional tallit, a modern tallit, a custom tallit, tallit katan, tzitzit or techelet. Although the idea of individualized service and the Web may sound like an oxymoron, we’ve set up a unique site to make buying a tallit from Israel a heimishe experience. In addition to superb service, we make sure our products are priced well below the competition.
When you buy a tallit from Israel it not only helps the Israeli economy, but also makes you feel like you’re carrying a bit of Israel on your shoulders.
That’s why we offer a wide selection, from the traditional tallit with various tzitzit options, to modern and handmade tallit sets in wool, silk and cotton. If you’re looking for a bar mitzvah tallit or a wedding tallit, you’re sure to find the right look for the bar mitzvah boy or groom.
And we can customize your order with various types of tzitzit, custom embroidery and special features.
Since which tallit gadol to buy is a very personal decision, we work hard to provide a wide selection – from traditional tallit designs with black, blue or white stripes, to modern tallitot that are a fabulous choice for a bar mitzvah or a Jewish wedding.
Handmade Tallitot: Gabrieli, Yair Emanuel and More
To accommodate all tastes and budgets, our handmade tallitot includes four of Israel’s leading makers: Gabrieli, Galilee Silks, Yair Emanuel and Weaving Creation.
We are also set up to meet special requests for the tzitzit on all of our Gabrieli tallitot: hand-spun or thick tzitzit, Ashkenazi, Sephardic or Yemenite tzitzit tying and Ptil Tekhelet or Radzyn Techelet tzitzit.
Traditional Tallit: Expertise You Can Trust
If you step into a traditional Orthodox shul anywhere in the world or visit the Western Wall at Shacharit time, you’ll see the traditional tallit draped down the backs of dozens of men. They may all look alike, but upon closer scrutiny a number of distinctions come to light.
Modern or Traditional?
Originally the Jewish prayer shawl (known as a tallit gadol, as opposed to the tallit katan worn under the shirt) had blue stripes as a remembrance of the lost techelet tzitzit. These later morphed into black stripes. “The current custom of black stripes,” writes Rabbi Shraga Simmons, “is in keeping with the synagogue decorum, which has value in and of itself.”
Still, even in Orthodox congregations, not everyone wears white tallitot with black stripes. In a modern Orthodox congregation you’ll find some colorful designs, and in non-Orthodox congregations, styles run the gamut from white tallitot with blue stripes to purple, teal, gray or black tallitot handmade by creative Israeli Judaica and fabric designers.
Tallit: Size Counts
When you set out to buy either a tallit gadol or a tallit katan, one of the first questions is size. In the case of a wool tallit katan, the smallest size an adult – i.e. over bar mitzvah age – should wear according to halacha is a Size 22, which measures 22 inches wide. (According to the stricter opinion, the minimum width for a talit is 58-60 cm, which translates into a Size 6.)
The same halachic requirement applies to a tallit gadol, meaning a Size 24, which is 24 inches wide, is kosher. According to lenient opinions, even the Size 18 is adequate, but an adult should not wear less than a Size 18.
According to most halacha authorities, even a Size 18 may be too small because it does not allow you to actually wrap yourself in the tallit, therefore you should buy a size worn over the back as the traditional tallit is worn, i.e. at least a Size 45, or a full-length tallit, which means a Size 55, Size 60 or Size 70, depending on your height.
Tzitzit: The Tallit’s Raison D’être
Whether you opt for a white-, blue- or black-striped tallit, the raison d’être of the Jewish prayer shawl is the tzitzit. Most modern tallitot come with machine-spun tzitzit, which measure 40 cm long. If you buy a quality wool tallit, we recommend you spend a few more dollars on hand-spun tzitzit, which are slightly longer and are strengthened at the tips to prevent fraying.
As an authorized Ptil Tekhelet dealer, we offer Ptil Tekhelet tzitzit strings at a discounted price and we can tie techelet tzitzit on any product we sell.
Our aim is to help Jews fulfill the mitzvah of tzitzit in the most attractive way possible – zeh Keli ve’anveihu – in accordance with their individual customs, and that the tzitzit serve as a constant reminder of all the mitzvahs in the Torah (Devarim 15:29).
Traditional Wool Tallitot
Tallit Katan, Tzitzit & Techelet