Authentic Jewish Prayer Shawls & Traditional Tallits from Israel (2017)

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Jewish Tallit Prayer Shawls

Jewish prayer shawls are more than just traditional Jewish clothing pieces you wrap yourself with when you pray.

Every Jewish man’s personal Tallit tells a story…

And he will wear that “story” for many years to come… That’s why it’s so important to choose the right one.

The trouble is, that there are so many options to choose from, that we often get confused & intimated of choosing the wrong Tallit shawl.

Many different materials exist, ranging from cotton to wool and even synthetic materials. The price range is large as well: from very affordable up to premium prayer shawls.

But here’s the good news: there’s a Tallit available for everyone…that includes you.

Whether you’re looking for a Tallit prayer shawl for yourself or perhaps you want to surprise your son, nephew or neighbor with a nice gift. 

Bottom line? I’m not letting you leave until you find the best modern Tallit that fits your needs…

Best Jewish Tallit Prayer Shawls

Before we dive any deeper, let’s have a quick preview of the most authentic & modern Tallit prayer shawls out there, including our award-winning shawls from Israel…

         
Top Pick Our Favorite Most Artistic Most Popular Best Value
Yair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk TallitYair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk TallitTree of Life: Yair Emanuel Embroidered Polysilk Tallit (Colors)Tree of Life: Yair Emanuel Embroidered Polysilk TallitYair Emanuel Completely Embroidered Tallit - Jerusalem in SilverYair Emanuel Completely Embroidered Tallit - Jerusalem in SilverYair Emanuel Fully Embroidered Cotton Jerusalem Tallit Set - BlueYair Emanuel Fully Embroidered Cotton Jerusalem Tallit Set - BlueTalitnia Traditional Tallit 100% Wool TallisTalitnia Traditional Tallit 100% Wool TallisTraditional Pure Wool Tallit. Blue with silver stripesTraditional Pure Wool Tallit. Blue with silver stripesTallis Prayer Shawl 24/72 Blue & Silver or Blue & Gold (Imported from Israel)Tallis Prayer Shawl 24/72 Blue & Silver or Blue & GoldPomegranates: Yair Emanuel Wool Tallit with Embroidery (Silver & White)Pomegranates: Yair Emanuel Wool Tallit with Embroidery (Silver & White)Amazing Hand Woven White with Blue Stripes & Silver Accents Silk Tallit SetAmazing Hand Woven White with Blue Stripes & Silver Accents Silk Tallit Set
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Yair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk Tallit (Star of David)

Top Pick

Yair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk Tallit

Pros

  • Made from woven cotton – a natural and durable material
  • Expertly embroidered with fine silk, made by Yair Emanuel
  • Timeless design, made to look beautiful and to last for many years
  • Wonderful incorporation of the Star of David
  • Tallit bag and kippah included

Cons

  • Quite pricey 

Why?

This bestselling masterpiece is our top pick when it comes to choosing a Tallit or Tzitzit.

This prayer shawl is a flawless combination of beautiful design, high quality woven cotton and carefully embroidered silk. This makes this shawl into a true piece of art, unlike any other Jewish prayer shawls.

The classy Stars of David give this Tallit an extra Jewish touch.

Who is it For?

This Tallit prayer shawl is a must-have for any Jewish individual who’s looking to upgrade to a next-level shawl, and especially for a young man’s Bar Mitzvah. If you’re looking for an authentic Jewish praying shawl from Israel that truly embodies style and grace, then this Tzitzit is a must-buy.

Tip: A very popular Bar Mitzvah Tallit for a 13-year-old’s first ever prayer shawl.

Bottom Line: A truly incredible Tzitzit you’ll cherish for many years to come. Not the cheapest Tallit, but definitely worth every penny.

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Tree of Life Tallit: Yair Emanuel Embroidered Polysilk Shawl (Colors)

My Favorite

Tree of Life: Yair Emanuel Embroidered Polysilk Tallit (Colors)

Pros

  • Quality material, with a refined poly silk that is soft to the touch
  • Beautifully embroidered by artist Yair Emanuel
  • Powerful symbolism – the tree of life
  • Tallit bag and kippah are included

Cons

  • Maintenance is slightly more cumbersome due to fine silk being used as main material

Why?

An incredible combination of modern design, traditional symbolism, and quality materials (silk) = a best-selling Jewish prayer shawl. The proverb reads “It is a tree of life for those who grasp it and its supporters are happy”. It’s very exciting to pray with this Tallit shawl and look at this beautifully embroidered text every morning. It really gives this shawl extra meaning.

Now you understand why it’s my favorite Tallit for men? 

Who is it For?

This Jewish praying shawl can definitely be used by almost anyone. It makes an especially nice gift for a younger family member, and the vibrant colors are sure to inspire a developing mind. 

Bottom Line: Get this Tzitzit for yourself or give it to a family member who can cherish it for many years to come. An excellent Jewish prayer cloth that combines playfulness with a powerful message. A truly timeless piece.

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Yair Emanuel Completely Embroidered Tallit – Jerusalem in Silver

Most Artistic  

Yair Emanuel Completely Embroidered Tallit - Jerusalem in Silver

Pros

  • Amazing design with fine embroidery using silver threads by artist Yair Emanuel
  • High-quality woven cotton as base material
  • Tallit bag and kippah are included

Cons

  • A bit expensive
  • Fine materials need extra care when handling and maintaining

Why?

This traditional Jewish prayer shawl is something incredibly special. As always, Yair Emanuel has outdone himself with this amazing Hebrew prayer shawl made of only the finest materials, making it soft to the touch and easy on the eye.

A true masterpiece that can last for generations (if treated right). 

Why Not?

A bit expensive. Therefore, should only be used by a very careful owner.

Tip: Probably not the best option for a Bar Mitzvah tallit, unless he can take care of it.

Who is it For?

This Tallit is for a refined individual, who takes his faith seriously and is not afraid to spend some money. You can buy it for yourself, or perhaps for a significant other as a marvelous gift to treasure. 

Bottom Line: In case you’re looking for the epitome of style and class in a Jewish praying shawl, then this is the Tallit for you. It’s beautifully designed and breathes a flair for the luxurious.

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Yair Emanuel Fully Embroidered Cotton Jerusalem Tallit Set – Blue

Yair Emanuel Fully Embroidered Cotton Jerusalem Tallit Set - Blue

Pros

  • Stunning view of Jerusalem depicted on the Tallit
  • Marvelous design by artist Yair Emanuel
  • Traditional colors with a modern touch

Cons

  • Needs to be handled with great care

Why?

This Hebrew prayer shawl is a true masterpiece. The woven cotton with beautiful embroidery will stun anyone who sees it being worn. It is a piece that, if treated properly, will last more than a lifetime and could become a great heirloom in your family.

Why Not?

Not for the average Jewish man looking for a basic Jewish praying shawl.

Who is it For?

Want to be the best-dressed man in the synagogue on Shabbat & Jewish holidays? This Jewish prayer cloth will do the trick. When a Jewish man has an image of Jerusalem on his Tallit, it’s very hard to top that.

Tip: Can also make a fantastic Tallit for a Bar Mitzvah or a Jewish wedding Tallit.

Bottom Line: A super-premium, gorgeous Hebrew prayer cloth that embodies tradition and beauty. 

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Talitnia Traditional Israeli Tallit 100% Wool Tallis (Frum)

Most Popular

Talitnia Traditional Tallit 100% Wool Tallis

Pros

  • A well known brand complying with strict halachic requirements
  • Beautifully designed & wrapped
  • Good price

Cons

  • Fabric is light & tzitzis are a bit thin
  • Very big

Why?

A beautifully made in Jerusalem Tallit, designed & shipped by one of the most famous & reputable Jewish brands for Jewish prayer shawls – Talitnia. 

It’s one of the most popular Tallit shawls men order online, so it surely has proven its worth.

With such a great price for such great quality & support – this Jewish prayer cloth is a no-brainer.

Note: Keep in mind that this Tallit is pretty large, so this might be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on your own needs and preferences.

Tip: Thanks to its size, this Tallis can also be used for a Jewish wedding to cover the bride & groom under the Chuppah.

Who is it For?

Whether you’re frum, a Baal Teshuva or just looking for a high-quality prayer shawl with a clean design that will last you for a long time, then this Tallit is a sure thing.

Oh, and you should definitely get this if you’re tall.

Who is it not For?

If you’re not that tall, it will feel like a tent, so take a look at some of the other options here.

Bottom Line: A very popular, high quality & affordable Israeli Tallit prayer shawl (made in Israel).

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Traditional Pure Wool Tallit – Blue with silver stripes

Best Value

Traditional Pure Wool Tallit. Blue with silver stripes

Pros

  • Traditional design
  • High-quality virgin ewe’s wool
  • Available in many different colors and patterns
  • Great price

Cons

  • Not as refined as silk or cotton
  • Only simple embroidered motifs available

Why?

This best-selling men’s Tallit is made from elegant, high-quality wool and is expertly woven into a beautiful piece. For its price, it’ll be hard to find anything even approaching the level of quality and attention to detail.

That’s why this magnificent Jewish prayer cloth has won our best value award, and rightfully so. 

Who is it For?

This Hebrew prayer cloth is designed for those who treasure tradition and simplicity. When wearing this quality Tzitzit, nothing will distract you from the tasks at hand.

When it comes to cheap Jewish prayer shawls that won’t break the bank, this is absolutely your top choice.

Bottom Line: This expertly produced praying shawl shines in its versatility, and for a very fair price. If you need to replace your old Tallit or want to give one away to a special person, you’ve got a great option right here.

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Israeli Tallis Prayer Shawl 24/72 Blue & Silver or Blue & Gold 

Tallis Prayer Shawl 24/72 Blue & Silver or Blue & Gold (Imported from Israel)

Pros

  • Well-designed Israeli prayer shawl made of synthetic materials
  • Imitates natural materials successfully
  • Traditional embroidery 
  • Extremely cheap

Cons

  • Rough texture, making it less pleasant to the touch
  • Does not have the traditional size, so maybe too small for some 

Why? 

Another great Tallit prayer shawl by Talitnia, especially at such a low price. It features quality synthetic material that will last you a long time and has traditional embroidery in blue, silver and gold. 

Why Not?

Even though the material does a good job at imitating natural materials like wool and cotton, it is not as soft to the touch as most people would want. If worn around the neck directly on the skin, this Tallit may cause a bit of irritation, compared to other praying shawls from Israel.

Who is it For?

This authentic praying shawl is for the price-conscious buyer. Also, if you’re looking for a quality Tzitzit that is easy to maintain, consider this Tallit prayer shawl. It can be worn by yourself, but also make a great gift for a young family member. 

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a Tallis that will last, is easy to maintain and will not cost you too much, this is the one you need. Spending a bit more would get you more quality, but if you’re looking for a basic Israeli prayer shawl , then this might be the one for you.

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Pomegranates: Yair Emanuel Wool Tallit for Men with Embroidery (Silver & White)

Pomegranates: Yair Emanuel Wool Tallit with Embroidery (Silver & White)

Pros

  • High-quality wool, making it kosher in accordance with strict standards
  • Traditional design by artist Yair Emanuel, with only slight modern touch
  • Classic pomegranate motif in the embroidery

Cons

  • Has a bright color, so it stains easily

Why?

A clean & beautifully designed Jewish prayer shawl by Yair Emanuel. This Tallit stands out in its simplicity.

Why Not?

The design might be too simple for some who want to communicate a more powerful message through their Tallit.

Who is it For?

This Tzitzit appeals towards the more traditional Jewish man. Thanks to its simple and elegant design, this Tallis prayer shawl is great for those who like a slightly understated look.

Bottom Line: This Hebrew Tallit is artfully designed and shows true craftsmanship, at a fair price. 

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Amazing Hand Woven White + Blue Stripes Silk Antique Tallit Set

Amazing Hand Woven White with Blue Stripes & Silver Accents Silk Tallit Set

Pros

  • Hand-woven (made in Israel) by Malka Gabrieli
  • Timeless design that will appeal to those who value tradition
  • Comes with Tallit bag and kippah

Cons

  • Very expensive

Why?

An exquisite antique, hand woven Tallit by Malka Gabrieli, one that will stun everyone who lays their eyes on it.

Made of high-quality white silk and features traditional blue motifs and silver accents, this vintage Jewish prayer shawl is a remarkable piece of art worthy of being passed on to your next generations.

Why Not?

Definitely not for the average Jewish person looking for a day-to-day Tzitzit. This is the highest quality Tallit, and it’s reflected in the price.

Who is it For?

Appeals to people who appreciate traditional, handmade Jewish Judaica and obviously people who appreciate antiques… this vintage Hebrew prayer shawl is no exception.

Bottom Line: The handmade Tallit from Israel with the “WoW” effect. A Jewish antique & rare piece of art.

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Final Verdict

Let’s have a final look at the best, award-winning Tallitot & Jewish prayer shawls for men:

     
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Yair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk TallitYair Emanuel Embroidered Raw Silk TallitTree of Life: Yair Emanuel Embroidered Polysilk Tallit (Colors)Tree of Life: Yair Emanuel Embroidered Polysilk TallitYair Emanuel Completely Embroidered Tallit - Jerusalem in SilverYair Emanuel Completely Embroidered Tallit - Jerusalem in SilverTalitnia Traditional Tallit 100% Wool TallisTalitnia Traditional Tallit 100% Wool TallisTraditional Pure Wool Tallit. Blue with silver stripesTraditional Pure Wool Tallit. Blue with silver stripes
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Top Pick: Yair Emanuel’s raw silk Tallit has everything you can want in a traditional Jewish prayer shawl. The material is high quality and soft to the touch, the embroidery is incredibly well done and the design is rooted in tradition with a modern twist.

Personal Favorite: Yair Emanuel’s Tree of Life Tallit is definitely our favorite. The unique combination of high quality and playful design makes this Tzitzit suitable for both Jewish men and as a Bar Mitzvah gift. The lifelong symbolism of the Tree of Life design makes this Jewish Tallis stand out from the rest, and probably why so many people love it.

Most Artistic: The hand-embroidered Jerusalem Tallit design is simply a breathtaking piece of art, with a woven cotton Tallit used as the canvas. You cannot help but be awed by this luxurious masterpiece, and we surely have. So the “Most Artistic” award is more than appropriate for Yair Emanuel’s unique design.

Best Value: This traditional pure wool Tallit truly impressed me with its combination of high-quality, tradition & a great price. It will give you a fantastic return that lasts and can be used for all Jewish occasions. It’s pretty clear why it’s such a best-seller…

Most Popular: Talitnia’s traditional wool Tallit is one of the most popular Hebrew prayer shawls available on Amazon. Suitable for every Jewish person: frum, religious, traditional and anything in between. The wisdom of the crowd never disappoints, and that holds true for this great Tallis as well. 

Summary

When it comes to a Tallit prayer shawl, there are many options to choose from and many things to consider.

So, it’s no surprise that choosing the right Tallit can sometimes be a pretty challenging task.

That’s why I created this guide – to help you find the best Jewish prayer shawl for men, for your particular needs.

I hope I was able to do that, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts & comments.

Which Tallit did you end up choosing?

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