Bar Mitzvah Sets

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Dec 122013

To tell you the truth, we avoid using the term bar mitzvah set because it can mean different things to different people. Often a bar mitzvah set consists of a tallit, matching bag and matching kippah. In other cases a bar mitzvah set revolves around a set of tefillin and often includes a siddur as well. Some bar mitzvah boys won’t want a matching kippah, and what they really need is a matching bag with custom name embroidery.

Our solution is to invite parents to browse our tallit and tefillin webstore, where they should be able to find whatever they need, and put together a bar mitzvah set of their own. Since we charge a low fixed price for shipping, essentially you only pay shipping for one item and the rest ship for free. For discounts, be sure to see our coupon listings.

Bar Mitzvah Set with Tefillin

If you would like a pair of tefillin for your bar mitzvah boy, Tefillin Peshutim Mehudarim is a popular choice. You can then choose a traditional tallit, a modern tallit or even a handwoven tallit set.

Tallit with Matching Bag and Matching Kippah

All of our Gabrieli and Maaseh Oreg handwoven tallit sets are available with matching tallit bag and kippah. Most of our tallits are also available with a matching bag and you can generally find a nice kippah that matches well among the Raw Silk Yair Emanuel kippot we offer.

If you have any questions about tefillin, tallit sizing, letter embroidery, shipping time etc., be sure to see the many resources listed at the top of our webstore, and of course you can contact us with questions, and we’ll reply right away.

Bar Mitzvah Tallit Sizes

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Mar 152012
Bar Mitzvah Tallit

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What is the right bar mitzvah tallit size? That depends not only on the bar mitzvah boy, but on the type of congregation he belongs to as well.

Bar Mitzvah Tallit – Narrow Sizes

In most Reform congregations, people wear the type of tallit that sits on the shoulders and hangs in front, but does not cover the back. This comes in Size 18, Size 24 and Size 36. Those numbers refer to the width. A Size 18 is narrow, just 18 inches wide, a Size 24 is medium and a Size 36 is wide. If he is still short, say under 5 feet tall, he’ll need a custom size. We get this type of request fairly frequently, and have several options available.

Full-Size Bar Mitzvah Tallit

In some Conservative and almost all Orthodox congregations, people wear a full-size bar mitzvah tallit, worn in the traditional fashion – over the shoulders, with the corners pulled down in front and two-thirds of the tallit covering the back and hanging down to the waist (or sometimes even down to the legs).

If you wear the tallit this way, you’ll want a Size 45, Size 50, Size 55 or Size 60, depending on the bar mitzvah tallit wearer’s height.

Of course the best advice is to have the young man try on different bar mitzvah tallit sizes and decide which works best for him. If you’re unsure which size a given tallit is, measure it from top to bottom (from the edge with the neckband to the edge opposite it that hangs down in back). If it’s around 24 inches, it’s a Size 24, if it’s around 36 inches it’s a Size 36, 45 inches is a Size 45, etc.

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The following 30-second video shows a 5’1″ bar mitzvah boy sporting the same tallit in four different sizes.

Dec 132011

I just lost a sale, but I’m glad.

A family in Washington D.C. wanted to buy a tallit, a set of bar mitzvah tefillin and a set of tallit and tefillin bags for their son, whose bar mitzvah is coming up soon. I referred them to my tefillin page, which explains at length why I only sell tefillin made by Rabbi Shmuel Rosenfeld of Jerusalem.

A week later they informed me that they wanted to go ahead with the tallit order, including matching bags with their son’s name embroidered in Hebrew, but had decided to buy bar mitzvah tefillin from the same tefillin maker who made the tefillin worn by the bar mitzvah boy’s father’s father.

I wrote back that I applaud their decision – even if it ran against my commercial interests. Since tefillin is so important, and you generally have no way of really knowing or evaluating what’s inside, you need to have a connection with the tefillin maker.

I know a sofer (scribe) who told me when he writes parchments, the buyer often looks them over approvingly or critically, but he said they really don’t know good writing from inferior writing. His buyers are all avrechim (full-time Talmudic scholars), so the average Jew is even less qualified to evaluate tefillin parchments. And of course many people are unable to see the parchments at all before they are sewn up inside the tefillin.

If you read my tefillin page, the gist of it is that I made a big effort to link with a tefillin maker I trust implicitly. Obviously the above-mentioned parents looking for a set of bar mitzvah tefillin have a much tighter connection with a tefillin maker, and of course it resonates with the passing down of Torah and mitzvahs from one generation to the next, but most people don’t have that, so I try to provide the next best thing. That way prospective tefillin buyers know what they’re getting, inside and out.

Tefillin Laying Device for Amputees

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Dec 272010

IDF engineers designed a device that enables amputees to lay tefillin independently.

“First I had to learn how to put on tefillin,” said one of the MILBAT (Israel Center for Technology and Accessibility) workers. “It took me months to put together this device.”

Since then it has been a real boon to many IDF veterans and other amputees. One of the engineers movingly related the gratification his work brings. “The mother of a boy who was seriously injured in a car accident right before his bar mitzvah tells me again and again, ‘You saved my son. If it weren’t for you, my son wouldn’t have been able to stand up at his bar mitzvah in the synagogue and lay tefillin.'”

Tying Tzitzit Before Bar Mitzvah

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Dec 132010

An “underage” boy (i.e. not yet bar mitzvah) can spin tzitzit strings or tie tzitzit onto a tallit for himself, but not for an adult.

Tying Tzitzit for an Adult

In order to make or tie tzitzit knots for an adult, he must have entered his 14th year (i.e. 13 and one day) and show signs of physical maturity (shtei sayerot).

The above applies as a general rule in various situations: someone who is not obligated to fulfill the mitzvah cannot perform it for someone who is obligated. For example, a child cannot recite Kiddush for an adult or bake Seder Night matzahs for an adult.

Under some circumstances a child would be allowed to make or tie tzitzit knots for an adult, provided the adult teaches him to do it properly and supervises the work.

Bar Mitzvah Tzitzit: Can He Do the Job Himself?

But what if a young man wants to tie tzitzit on his own tallit before his bar mitzvah? Once he reaches maturity to perform mitzvahs (i.e. 13 and one day), can he now rely on his “boyhood” self? According to the Bei’ur Halacha he can rely on his “old self,” provided he tied them with the mitzvah of tzitzit in mind (O.C. 14 s.v. lehatzrich anashim).

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