Feb 292016

​Since we work with both of the leading tallit makers in Israel, Mishkan Hatchelet and Talitania, we are able to offer a wide selection of options. Some dealers will tell you that Mishkan Hatchelet has higher standards than Talitania, while others maintain Talitania’s tallitot are superior. The truth is that they have very similar product lines; in some cases Mishkan Hatchelet takes the lead, while with certain tallits Talitania makes a nicer product — in my humble opinion.

One of those is known as “Tallit Shabbat” in Hebrew. We market it as “Hamefoar Prestige.”

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Recently we receive an inquiry from a prospective customer in New York who had some very keen questions.

Shalom. I hope you are well. I am looking at the two Hamefoar talleisim on your website: the one made by Mishkan Hatchelet (Hamefoar Nonslip Tallit) and the one made by Talitnia (the Hamefoar Prestige Tallit). I have a few questions.

1. What is the difference, other than price? 2. Do they come with an atara? Which one? Can I substitute it?  How long for delivery to New York City? Thank you very much, Joel

I explained to Joel that the fabric on Hamefoar Prestige is slightly thicker and it’s a different weave. Some people would say it’s nicer than Tallit Hamefoar, but I think that’s debatable. The main black band on Hamefoar Prestige is thicker, like on the Kmo Turkish and the Echt Turkish talleisim. And Hamefoar Prestige comes with lining and side bands.

Also, note that Hamefoar Prestige comes with double-knotted fringes.

Both come with the same white-on-white atara (neckband) you see on 95% of traditional wool tallits made today. To substitute it you would simply add one of these atarot to your cart.

Mishkan Hatchelet versus Talitania

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Mar 192012

Let me start off by saying I am partial to Mishkan Hatchelet, because I work closely with one of their distributors (a second-generation Mishkan Hatchelet distributor!) and because most of the traditional tallitot we sell are made by Mishkan Hatchelet.

Mishkan Hatchelet and Talitania: Competing tooth and nail

Here in Israel the top two traditional tallit makers are Talitania and Mishkan Hatchelet. When one of them comes out with a new type of tallit, the other comes out with a similar contender. Last week I was in one of the leading tallit stores in Jerusalem. They sell both Talitania and Mishkan Hatchelet, so I asked them how the two traditional tallit makers compare. The person I spoke with – a tallit industry veteran – claimed that as a general rule, Talitania (sometimes known as Talitnia) is stronger while Mishkan has better finishing work. I think that’s a bit of a generalization.

Another tallit industry professional told me that if you buy a standard traditional tallit, the Prima A.A. made by Mishkan Hatchelet has a tighter weave than the Talitania counterpart. In my opinion, in general the difference in quality between the two companies is insignificant.

Chatanim Tallit by Mishkan Hatchelet


Buying a Traditional Tallit: Prima A.A., Chatanim, Hamefoar and More

As long as I am mentioning the Prima A.A. Tallit, let me add a few words to help out many of my customers who are bewildered by the traditional tallit selection I offer. If you want to buy a traditional wool tallit, with black stripes (or white with white stripes), they may all look the same online. But the truth is that even if you were browsing a tallit shop and looking at the tallitot up close and personal, many of them would still look very much alike.

When you go up from Prima A.A. to Chatanim, you’re paying for not so much for a thicker tallit, but for a denser tallit, i.e. a denser weave. That makes it likely to last longer and it will hang a big straighter. The Chatanim Tallit also has a few added features: stiffened corners to keep the tzitzit from sliding around the corner (they are supposed to stay on the side with the fringe), stain resistant fabric, and fabric treated to stay white over time.

Mishkan Hatchelet - Tallit Hamefoar


The atara and the striping on Mishkan Hatchelet’s Prima A.A. Tallit and the Chatanim Tallit are identical. The Prima A.A. really is a good tallit, but if you want a no-compromise traditional tallit for a bar mitzvah boy, a chassan – or yourself – the Chatanim is the way to go. Note that outside of Israel the Chatanim Tallit is generally known as Tallis Hameshubach.

For those looking for a non-slip tallit, Mishkan Hatchelet has two models: Pe’er and Tashbetz. The Tashbetz is the non-slip equivalent of the Prima A.A. and Pe’er is the non-slip parallel to the Chatanim. Note that the Pe’er is often marketed as Tallis Hamefoar outside of Israel.

Mishkan Hatchelet’s Tashbetz Tallit is made of a lightweight fabric and if you look at it up close you will notice it features a box-like weave the keep the tallit in place.

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The following 10-minute video shows the Mishkan Hatchelet factory in action. The narration is all in Hebrew.