On Shabbat , holidays or when you help someone celebrate a special simcha, you wrap yourself in a talit and bring yourself closer to your heritage and your family. Imagine that talit made from silks that you select, or with embroidery in Hebrew or English with a Hebrew phrase that is meaningful to you or the name of the one you love.

A talit is a meaningful gift for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, one that celebrates the impact of the day and is a lasting reminder of the true celebration. For a gift for a bride or groom, or to your beloved on a special anniversary, a talit or a talit bag can incorporate fabrics from important family heirlooms.

Your talit can be made from silk or wool or any fabric you choose. The atarah (neckband) may be decorative or may include a prayer. You may chose to provide fabric for the atarah from a family needlepoint or texitle with sentimental meaning. Whatever you choose, the tzitzit on your ADAR Design talit will be 100% wool from Israel.

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  • A family arrived in my studio to create a tallit for the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of a very bright young man. Before our appointment, he let me know that his favorite color is red. Armed with that fact, I shopped for silks that had red tones for him to use in the creative process. Meeting the expectations of mother, father and son can be a challenge. Combining the tradition of simple blue and white prayer shawls with a more contemporary vision that includes a variety of colors, Hebrew embroidery and symbols, we came up with a design that everyone loves. The attarah (neckband) is embroidered with the Priestly Blessing, the red silk is a subtle highlight on a finely woven cream woolen shawl and in the inside corner, his Hebrew name is embroidered in gold thread. When this young man came to pick up his tallit, I taught him how to tie the tzitzit (woolen strings) at the corners of his garment. When he wears his tallit, hopefully for many years of good health and happy occasions, he will always remember that he inspired the design, that his parents worked with him to create something meaningful and he is wrapped in his families’ love.

  • While we are most familiar with a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration for a child of twelve or thirteen as a rite of passage becoming an adult in the Jewish community, it is also a very special honor for an adult who did not have this opportunity as a youth to read from the Torah (scroll of the bible). Last spring I received a call from a wonderful woman who was studying for her adult Bat Mitzvah. I laid out blue silks, white laces and silver threads, and we met to design a tallit that she would wear for her celebration and every Shabbat and holiday thereafter. Soon after the celebration I received a beautiful photo of her beaming in her tallit.
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