TALLIT BUYING GUIDE
Traditional or modern styling? Black, white, blue or multi-colored? White tzitzit or tekhelet?
Ashkenazi, Sefardic, Yemenite, Chassidic, Hinuch or other minhag for the tying of the tzitzit?
925 Silver, Swarovski crystal, embroidered cloth or plain atarah?
HaSOFER offers you these and other options for your new tallit.
For a talis that is exceptionally comfortable in both summer and winter choose our medium weight extra fine 100% pure new wool TALIS LeDOROT.
For other traditional tallitot choose from LeDOROT Pe'er Kal, Yemenite, Beit Yosef, Chabad, and Lightweight Wool.
Looking for a 100% wool tallit with modern styling? Choose from Maalot, Tashbetz, Bareket, and Sapir, all made of a specially soft and comfortable light-weight wool. With their open weave they really stay on your shoulders!
Click on one of the tallit pictures above to see full details about that tallit, including sizes and options, and to begin your order. All are available in adult sizes. Some also come in children's sizes.
All HaSOFER tallitot are 100% wool, guaranteed free of shatnez and certified kosher. Many come with a half lining or have this as an option. The half lining adds a small amount of weight to your tallit so if you're sensitive to this you may prefer an unlined style. However many people appreciate these advantages of the half lining:
- Adds body and strength to the tallit
- Lengthens lifespan of the tallit
- Allows for easier cleaning of the tallit
Note in the description if the tallit you are choosing comes with or without an atarah. Either way, you may want to beautify your tallit with a special atarah. Choose a unique Swarovski Crystal Art atarah, 925 sterling silver atarah, or embroidered cloth atarah with Jerusalem Skyline, floral or Yemenite design. When you order your atarah select the checkbox next to the ordering button if you want us to sew the atarah on the tallit you are purchasing.
You can order your tallit either with or without tzitzit attached. When you place your order we specify whether or not the price listed for the tallit also includes the price for tzitzit and tying. Go to our tzitzit and tekhelet page to order tzitzit separately for tying yourself. If you want HaSOFER to tie the tzitzit on your tallit for you we offer you these choices of tzitzit strings:
- Thin white hand-spun tzitzit
- Thick white hand-spun tzitzit
- Thin tekhelet according to either Minhag Ra’avad or Minhag Rambam
- Thick tekhelet according to either Minhag Ra’avad or Minhag Rambam
All our tzitzit strings are kaful shmoneh, 8 strands. Our thin and thick white hand-spun tzitzit have the kashrut certification of HaRav Shmuel Wosner of B'nei Brak. Our tekhelet tzitzit come from the P'til Tekhelet Association and are kaful shmoneh, 8 strands, with dyeing and spinning done by hand. The authentic tekhelet dye comes from Murex trunculus snails. Minhag Ra'avad has 1 full string of tekhelet for every 3 white strings. Minhag Rambam has one half of 1 full string of tekhelet for every 3 white strings.
When you order your talit with tzitzit attached we offer you these choices of the minhag to be followed in tying the knots. Click on the name of each minhag and a picture of it will pop up. Click a second time on the picture to see an enlargement. If you are unsure which minhag to request, consult your Rabbi. All of our tzitzit knots are tied by b’nei Torah.
- Ashkenazi "Tal" 7-8-11-13, the most commonly followed Ashkenai minhag
- Sefardic 10-5-6-5, with each loop a separate hulia, usually used by Sefardic Jews on their tallit katan
- Sefardic "Tal" 7-8-11-13, with each loop a separate hulia, used by Sefardic Jews on their tallit gadol
- Chassidic huliot "Tal" 7-8-11-13 with huliot of each 3 loops, used by Chabad Chassidim, Breslov Chassidim and others
- Rambam according to Yemenite tradition
- Hinuch Ra'avad tzitzit strings tied according to Sefer HaChinuch
- Raavad Ra'avad tzitzit strings tied according to Rav Natronai Gaon
- Vilna Gaon Ra'avad tzitzit strings tied according to the Vilna Gaon
- Rav Schachter Tosafot tzitzit strings tied according to Rav Schachter of YU