The Woven Judaica Line of Ephods and Pomegranates is excited to introduce a new “slim-line” contemporary Tallit woven by Will Melnyk. This prayer scarf measures about 7.5″ x 72″ plus fringes, but can be ordered in smaller custom sizes as well, and is available in many colors. The fabric is 100% mercerized cotton, with available gold or silver metallic yarn available.
We understand that this design will not be chosen by everyone, but it offers a contemporary look especially for Reform or Conservative use. It is also ideal for travel, and for personal at-home use.
The tallit has been made and worn in many sizes, styles, and designs over the centuries. Indeed, Torah does not specify the size or shape of the prayer shawl. What is specified is that there be fringes, called tzitzit, tied to the four corners of the garment:
15:37 And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying:
15:38 ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them throughout their generations fringes (tzitzit) in the corners of their garments, and that they put with the fringe of each corner a thread of blue.
15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray;
15:40 that ye may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy unto your God.
It is the tzitzit we are to wrap ourselves in – whatever the size of the four-cornered garment we wrap around us.
The blessing we say when donning the tallit is:
Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu B’mitz-vo-tav V’tzi-va-nu L’hit-a-teif Be-Tzi-tzit.
Blessed are you, Adona our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and instructed us to wrap ourselves in tzitzit (fringes).
Our line of scarf style tallits is available in a range of colors, and stripes can be designed to your wishes. They include hand-tied tzitzit, and have the option of a machine woven atarah (the “crown” or neckband with the tzitzit blessing.)
White or a darker natural shade is recommended for the background, many colors, including metallic, are available for the stripes.
We usually use a zigzag twill pattern, which gives a nice drape, and accents the colors.
This item is special order only, and typically can be made in 3 -5 days. Shipping from our Etsy Shop is free within the United States, from Monteagle, Tennessee. The price is $125.00.
If you have questions about this custom order, write to Will at firstname.lastname@example.org