Lately we've gotten a number of questions on tallit sizing from men 6' tall and over (or from a bride buying a tallit for a tall groom). So in this post we'll address tallit sizing for tall men. Here's an interesting inquiry we received last week:
I think am interested in purchasing a Chabad tallit. I belong to a
Chabad shul in Lone tree, Colorado, but am not orthodox, although I have
been attending Shabbat services regularly for more than 4 years now and
will do so for the rest of my life.
My main concern is sizing. I am a 64-year-old. I am 6'2", 195 pounds.
I am not happy with my current tallit becasue it is not long enough nor wide enough.
I now want a tallit that will reflect my re-connection with my religion 4-plus years ago...I'm not interested in "fancy-schmancy."
Your suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.
Types of Tallit: As my friend Shraga Simmons writes, "the current custom of black stripes is keeping within the synagogue decorum, which has value in and of itself." If you decides to stick with black striping, I suggested he take a loot akt the Prima A.A., Tashbetz, Chatanim and Hamefoar on this page.
To help sort through them, I referred him to the last paragraph on our Tallit FAQs page.
"If you want a big of gray or silver or gold, you'll find that there as well," I added. Blue-striped tallits are also quite popular among many of our customers.