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A note to converts and other first-time tallit buyers

Converts and prospective converts sometimes sound sheepish when they ask me tallit questions, as if apologizing for not knowing how to go about buying a tallit. But the truth is for many Jews buying a tallit is a first-time experience, or it's been so many years since they bought their last tallit that it might [...]

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Choosing the right blue-striped tallit

Blue stripes are very popular on tallits, not just among bar mitzvah boys, but for adults as well. Recently we received an inquiry from a Russian groom in Germany who asked for advice on how to choose the right blue-striped tallit. I'm pasting his questions and my reply here, because I think it might be [...]

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Tallit sizing: Moving down a size

On one hand, it's important to try to get the right size tallit, so you don't have to struggle to keep the tzitzit off the floor and on the other hand you don't have a tallit that's too small on you. Some people like a tallit that's long and elegant, while others prefer small and [...]

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Removing an atara from the tallit

Sometimes we get questions from mothers or grandmothers who are making a tallit on their own.My grandson wants me to embroider the atara for him, so I need to find a tallit without an atara. Can you help? Thank you. Linda S.I explained to Linda that it's quite difficult to find a tallit without an atara, [...]

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Sizing a wool tallis katan

We often get inquiries asking how to choose the right size wool tallit katan. If you already have one take a look just above the hem in front. If there are a series of pinstripes, count them. Some manufacturers make a Size 5 with five pinstripes, a Size 6 with six, etc. But if that's [...]

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Breslov Techeiles Tying Customs

This week we received a question about Breslov tzitzis tying customs.Hi Ben,I noticed on your website you have two different ways to tie Breslov techelet.http://www.tallit-shop.com/breslov-tzitzit/http://tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/copy-of-13-chulyoth...I'm intrigued to know the source/ community for each of them. Why are they different? I'm very interested in techelet.Thank you,MarioMy presumption is that Mario meant two different ways to tie [...]

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Bar Mitzvah Tallit Sizing Tips

We're constantly getting inquiries about which size tallit to buy. Here's a recent example:I am looking for a tallit for my son's bar mitzvah and not sure of the size he would need. Alison K.My guess is that Alison did not come across our Tallit Size Wizard.Also, if you do a Google search for "YouTube [...]

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Tallit Restoration

Sometimes we get emails asking about ways to restore an old tallit. Invariable the tallis has a lot of nostalgic value, often because it was worn for years by a cherished grandfather.For example, here's an inquiry we received last week:I am wondering if you can help with the restoration of an old European tallit that [...]

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Tallit sizing: Length and width

Despite our Tallit Size Wizard, we still get a lot of tallit sizing questions. This week we received an inquiry from a visitor to our webstore who thought our sizing chart was all wrong.Let me ask a question on sizing: You show the sizing as height first and then width. Are you sure that the height is first? [...]

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Tallit for Sephardic fiancé

We often get inquiries from Jewish brides preparing for their wedding, and asking about a tallit for their cherished fiancé. Here's an inquiry we got from a kallah by the name of Tara.Hi, I am looking for a tallit for my fiancé and I don't know where to start, except that we are following the Sephardi [...]

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