We regularly receive inquiries about lightweight tallit options. Some people live in very warm climates or not-so-hot climates, but would like some climate control on their shoulders anyway. Others simply prefer the hang and feel of a lightweight tallit, and opt for one all year round.
I advise my customers not to fear wool. Many people associate wool with a thick wool sweater that keeps you warm and toasty in winter, but the truth is a light wool fabric worn loosely on the shoulders is about the same as the equivalent in cotton. In fact, desert dwellers (and their camels) are known to use wool, in part to keep cool during the day.
The Tashbetz is a lightweight tallit that also features a special non-slip box weave. It’s available with the traditional black stripes, in a gray, black and silver striped version, or in a white-on-white version. The gray, black and silver also has the Tzitzit Blessing embroidered on the atara (neckpiece). The Tashbetz Tallit can also be special-ordered in a popular design with light blue and silver striping.
For those who are looking for a lightweight tallit and want to stick with very traditional black-on-white, another option is Hamefoar, a top-end tallis made by Mishkan Hatchelet.
And if you want a lightweight tallit with a modern look, you might like one of the Maalot, Gvanim or Bareket models, all of which are made of lightweight wool.
Lightweight Wool Tallit Katan/Tzitzit
Finally, if you are among those who wear only wool tzitzit, even in the summer, there are two lightweight wool tallit katan options available. The Kalit is a standard wool tallit katan, but made with a slightly lighter weave. It’s available with either black or white striping. And a newer entry is the Wool Comfort, which is shaped just like a cotton undershirt tallit katan, but employs a specially airy, soft, stretchy fabric.