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Tallit FAQ

Which size is right for me?
Try our Tallit Size Wizard and contact us if you're still unsure.

Can you tie techelet (blue tzitzit) on the tallits you sell?
We are a Ptil Tekhelet authorized dealer. We also sell Radzin Techelet strings. Techelet tzitzit are costly, but our prices are very competitive. We are set up to tie techelet tzitzit according to five different tying customs. Refer to our Tzitzit Wizard for details.

I need a tallit for a bar mitzvah, but I don't know where to start.
If you want a traditional wool tallit with black, white or blue striping, click here.
If you would like a modern tallit, click here.
For our handwoven tallit sets, click here.

Can I customize my tallit?
Yes, of course. Ben's Tallit Shop is the leading online tallit expert. We are set up to tie tzitzit according to almost any tying custom, tie techelet tzitzit, change the atara (neckband), sew on a lining and/or sidebands, and add custom letter embroidery in Hebrew or English.

What is a tallit lining?
The lining is stitched onto the underside of the tallit on the part that sits on your head and shoulders. It adds body and weight to the tallit, however a tallit lining might detract somewhat from the non-slip properties since it's made of smooth cotton.

What are tallit sidebands?
Sidebands are like narrow ataras that go along the sides. They are good for those who like a hefty tallit they can get a grip on. They are sewn on the underside of the tallit, at about the point where the atara ends. They are recommended for those who tug at the sides of the tallit a lot, which can cause tears.

What is a tallit middleband?
A middleband goes straight across the middle of the tallit horizontally. Have you ever seen someone with a tear right smack in the center of their tallit? I have a theory to explain this phenomenon, but it's really just a hypothesis. I have spoken with various experts and nobody has a concrete answer. It's one of the mysteries of the universe. But in any case, a middleband prevents that. Personally I think they detract aesthetically from the look of the tallit.

Can you embroider lettering on the tallit?
We embroider names in Hebrew or English on any of the tallit bags we sell, but we discourage customers from adding embroidery to the tallit itself. According to halacha, even adding a biblical verse is considered a leniency, therefore we feel adding a name onto the tallit itself is not very appropriate. Furthermore, it's not very aesthetic, because there is no place on the tallit that readily lends itself to name embroidery. On the other hand, we can add initials on one of the corners of the tallit. This is fairly involved (to prevent the letters from showing through backwards on the other side we have to unstitch the corner, do the embroidery and then sew it up again), therefore we charge $7.50 for this service.

I want a traditional white tallit with black stripes. You offer a wide selection, but they all look pretty much the same to me. What's the difference between the various black-on-white tallit options?
The Prima A.A. is our basic, no frills 100% wool tallit. It features a good quality weave, nice finishing work and various tzitzit options.
The next level up is Hamefoar. It features stiffened wool corners, whiteness retention, stain resistance and a slip-resistant fabric that lends the tallit a bit of body and texture.
Another nonslip option is the Tashbetz, which is made of a lighter fabric than Hamefoar.
Variations of the traditional wool tallit include the Turkish Tallit, the Yemenite Tallit and the Chabad Tallit. The Turkish Tallit costs more because a lot more wool goes into making it, and because of the double-knotted fringes. The Yemenite Tallit is made of the same fabric as the Prima A.A., but costs more because of the unique striping, the special fringes and the embroidery work on the corners and atara. The Chabad Tallit is also made of the same fabric as the Prima A.A., but costs more because of the striping, the double tzitzit holes and the silk corners.