Our customers often want to know whether all of our tallits are kosher. Recently we got an inquiry from a customer who had already placed an order.
Hi, my name is Karen and I’ve just purchased the Prime A.A Tallit and wanted to know if it will come with a certificate station that it is Kosher?
On most of the tallits we sell you will see kashrus certification stamped on the tag, and you can see the manufacturer’s certificates online here. I work with Mishkan Hatchlet of Be’er Sheva extensively, and all of their employees, from the management to the distributors to the sellers in the factory outlet stores, are Orthodox. Most of their products are under the supervision of Badatz Beit Yosef, Badatz Yerushalayim, HaRav A.A. Wosner and the Tel Aviv Rabbinate.
But the truth is with tradition wool tallits, you don’t have much to worry about. It’s hard to make the tallit not kosher.
Sometimes with the very modern tallit makers I see they put the tzitzit holes too far or too close to the edge. And they invariably use machine-spun tzitzit, which is generally considered kosher, but according to some halachic opinions you need hand-spun tzitzit strings (which is an upgrade available on almost every tallit we sell).
Shaatnez problems are very rare. Once we were going to sew an atara that looked like linen onto a wool tallit, but when I took it to the shaatnez checker he took a look under the microscope and determined the atara was not made of linen.
The tzitzit have to be tied by a Jew, and I’m not 100% certain that the very modern tallit makers are careful about this, but even in that case it’s pretty unlikely, for various reasons, that a non-Jew would do the tying. Most of our tzitzit tying is done in-house by a highly qualified Torah scholar (avreich) who is very conversant with and adheres to the halachah relevant to tzitzit tying.