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, Rikmat Elimelech and More
To accommodate all tastes and budgets, our handmade tallitot includes four of Israel’s leading makers: Gabrieli, Galilee Silks, Rikmat Elimelech 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 Tallit 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.
Our most popular modern tallit designs include the Bnei Ohr, Gvanim, Bareket, Sapir, Maalot and Tashbetz.
Traditional Wool Tallit
If you’ve decided to stick with a traditional wool tallit with black-stripes, white stripes or blue stripes, the Prima A.A. is our basic, no frills 100% wool tallit. It features a good quality weave, nice finishing work and various tzitzit options. And we’ve priced it to be a great value.
The next level up is Chatanim and Hamefoar. These talleisim feature stiffened wool corners, whiteness retention, stain resistance and a superb weave. The Chatanim fabric is similar to the Prima A.A., only denser, while Hamefoar has a non-slip fabric that lends the tallit a bit of body and texture. Our top-of-the-line Tallis Hamefoar is similar to Hamefoar, with a super luxurious weave.
For those who prefer a lightweight tallit we offer the Tashbetz and Hamefoar Kal.
Variations of the traditional wool tallit include the Turkish Tallis, the Yemenite Tallith and the Chabad Tallis. Each of these talleisim costs more than the a standard wool tallis. The Turkish Tallis costs more because a lot more wool goes into making it, and because of the double-knotted fringes. The Yemenite Tallith is made of the same fabric as the Prima A.A., but costs more because of the unique striping, the special fringes and the embroidery work on the corners and atara. The Chabad Tallis is also made of the same fabric as the Prima A.A., but costs more because of the striping, the double tzitzit holes and the silk corners.
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.
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