Often we get inquiries from the family of an Ashkenazi bride who wants to know what tallit to buy for the Sephardic groom, or the family of a Sephardic bride asking which tallit to buy for the Ashkenazi groom.
This week we received an inquiry of that sort which went a step further.
Our only daughter is getting married on August 13th this year to a lovely young man who was born in Toronto but whose family is originally from Quba in Azerbaijan.We thought it would be a wonderful way to welcome him into our family by purchasing a tallit that reflects his Kavkazi Juhuro heritage.Ideally, we would like this tallit to also be used under the Chuppah to wrap the Chatan and Kallah during their wedding ceremony.
I must confess that I am completely ignorant about what a typical Jewish Azerbaijani design looks like, so I’m hoping that you may be able to give my some guidance, so we can purchase a tallit that would be most meaningful to him and his family.
I did a bit of research and found out that there are 3 “strains” of Jews in Azerbaijan.One is Ashenazi, one is Sephardic and one is of Persian origin!!! And of course, my future son-in-law falls into the Persian bucket. I don't know much about Persian artistry.
I found it odd that Lauren wanted to know about artistry from many years ago. I would have liked to send a more delicate reply, but I couldn't find the words, so I just spit out a blunt answer, writing to her (I suppose Lauren could be a him) as follows:
Let's turn the tables. Let's say you're marrying off your only son to a lovely young lady from Azerbaijan of Persian origin. She grew up in Azerbaijan and never met an American until a few weeks ago. And she sends me the following inquiry: I thought it would be a wonderful way to welcome him into our family by purchasing a tallit that reflects his Byelorussian [or Russian or Polish or Hungarian etc] heritage.