Planning a bar mitzvah? Mazel Tov! May your son (or grandson) grow up to be a source of pride to his family and the Jewish people. If buying a tallit is not something you do on a regular basis, well, you're not along. That's why we try to provide extensive information and resources to guide our customers.
On this page you will find information and links on how to choose the right tallit, how to choose the right size, which tzitzit option to select and more.
Bargain Tallit - Prices for wool tallits typically start around $80-$100 (depending on the quality, size, tzitzit, etc.) If that's beyond your budget, we have good quality cotton tallit in various striping color options. Cotton Tallit>>
Modern Tallit - These run the gamut from traditional tallits with fairly colorful striping, to very original designs, with unique colors and fabrics. The base price for production line modern tallits is typically $100-$150, whereas handmade and handwoven tallits can cost two or three times more.
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In most Reform congregations, people wear the type of tallit that rests on the shoulders, with all four corners hanging 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. Most people opt for a Size 24. We do not sell Size 18, and Size 36 is not as common.
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 down to the back of the thighs or knees). 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.
You might want to refer to this 30-second video, which shows a bar mitzvah boy sporting the same tallit in various sizes.
We offer perhaps the widest range of tzitzit options available online. If you're unsure about the options shown on the product page, refer to this guide for detailed information.
What size do you recommend for a bar mitzvah boy who is under 5 ft. that will STILL fit him properly?? Thanks, Miriam
If he's likely to outgrow it within just a few years. But if you buy a larger size (e.g. 50 or 55 or 60) it might be very cumbersome for him to wear at the bar mitzvah and even in the years to come.
I've found the right tallit and I know which size to choose. But the tzitzit options on the product page are a bit overwhelming. How do I know what to select?
On most product pages, you select the type of tzitzit strings and then you select the tying custom. Some tallits come with a default option of thin machine-spun tzitzit, which are tied on by the manufacturer according to the Ashkenazi tying custom. This works fine for customers who don't have any specific requirements.
The hand-spun options are all-white strings. If you select hand-spun, you then have the option to choose thicker tzitzit, as well as tying customs other than Ashkenazi, namely Sephardic, Chabad and Yemenite.
My son wants a blue string on his tallit. How do I specify that?
The blue string is referred to as techelet. On most product pages, you will see tzitzit options marked Radzyn Techelet or Ptil Tekhelet. Please refer to this guide for details.
I'd like to personalize my order. What are the options?
For various reasons we discourage most customers from adding special letter embroidery to the tallit itself. If this is very important to you (and/or your son) please contact us. On the other hand, letter embroidery on a tallit bag is definitely an option. Note that only velvet and some linen tallit bags are suitable for letter embroidery.
How long should I allow for delivery?
Take both preparation time and shipping time into account. With straightforward orders, we can usually get the tzitzit tied on and have it ready to ship within 3-5 business days. Typical shipping time is about two weeks for our First Class shipping or 2-4 business days for Express. Keep in mind that Express is also more reliable and offers very detailed tracking.
If you order a handwoven tallit, it generally takes 2-4 weeks for the weaving studio to get the tallit to us. We then need a few days to get the tzitzit tied on and prepare it for shipping. If your order requires sewing work or letter embroidery, that will add a few days to the processing time.