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Tallit & Tzitzit Buyers in Florida

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It seems to me that one of the main concerns of our customers in Florida is finding tallit and tzitzit products that perform well in heat and humidity. When I skim through orders from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Jacksonville, I see a lot of purchases of our Kalit and Wool Comfort, which are light and comfortable tallit katan garments for those who wear wool, and PerfTzit, which is for those who stick with cotton.

In my humble opinion, you don't necessarily need a lightweight tallit when the weather is hot and humid, because a lot of people wear their tallit only in the synagogue, which may have excellent climate control. But of course some people prefer a lightweight tallit regardless of the weather.

I also noticed there is a fairly high number of techelet tzitzit buyers, kittel buyers and customers opting for Sephardic tying. 

The most popular tallit choices are traditional wool white-striped or white-silver, various top-of-the-line black striped tallits, the Bnei Ohr rainbow striped tallit and several different blue-striped tallits.

It also seems there are a large number of customers purchasing a Chabad tallis or tallis katan (especially in Orlando).

Burgundy and Gold Striped Tallit

Our gold- and burgundy-striped tallit has become a big hit. I noticed that this week we got four orders for this tallit within one week (from customers in Memphis, Reston, Houston and Boynton Beach). We used to sell a nice gray-striped tallit with burgundy pinstripes, but Mishkan Hatchelet stopped producing it. That meant the only [...]

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How much are my old tefillin worth?

I remember when I was about ten years old, while poking around in my grandmother's a"h closet I came across my grandfather's disused tefillin, which were already several decades old. I think he had passed away by then, and she wanted me to have them. I cherished that set of tefillin, but years later, when [...]

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Buying a tallit in the "Occupied" West Bank?

Today we received an inquiry from a tallit buyer in Portugal, who ran into some complications trying to place an order. Then at the end of his inquiry he wrote:P.S. When we are asked to chose our country on a list on your website, it shows a "country" named "Palestine (Occupied Territory)". That country does [...]

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Kosher Pre-tied Tzitzit

We fairly often get inquiries from people with good intentions who want to know about pre-tied tzitzit. This week we received an inquiry from a lady making a tallit for her grandson's bar mitzvah.  Shalom. I have created a tallit of silk for my grandon's bar mitzvah. I am looking for kosher pre-tied tallit strings for [...]

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Tallit Buyers in Asheville, North Carolina

This week we sent two orders to Asheville, NC. That seems like a relatively large number, considering Asheville is a southern town of just 90,000 souls. It made me a bit curious about orders we've sent to Asheville over the years, so I did a quick search of our order files.Avid map readers sometimes scrutinize [...]

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Murex trunculus tekhelet debate

Leading up to Parshas Shlach Lecha, the Jewish Content Network held a debate on Murex trunculus as the source of techeles. The first 20 minutes is also fascinating, but it's on a very different subject, the question of Palestinian Authority payments to terrorist murderers, so you may want to skip that.In support of Murex trunculus is [...]

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What tallit did the Rambam wear?

Usually the questions that come my way are fairly commonplace: tallit sizing, atara questions, tzitzit options, shipping time, etc. But today I got a question that really caught me off guard.Do you know what tallit the Rambam would have worn? The truth is I don't, but I can venture a guess. I'm pretty sure it would have [...]

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Hand-woven tallit comparison: Gabrieli vs. Shilo

Our customers often spend a lot of time looking through our selection of hand-woven tallit designs. Here's a question we got this week:Hi there,I'm looking at getting a tallit and I want your advice. I'm debating between the Shilo classic and one of the Gabrieli handwoven wool ones. What would you recommend? I can't seem to make [...]

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Tefillin Peshutim Mehudarim Comparison

There are a lot of consumers out there shopping for inexpensive tefillin. In general you should recognize that a very good set of tefillin costs over $500. While I urge people to budget as much as possible for tefillin and consider it an important investment, I realize not everyone can afford to spend that much.  But [...]

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