Tallit / Prayer Shawl

What is Tallit?

The tallit is a prayer shawl worn during morning services. Although only married men have to wear the tallit, it is customary for men over the age of Bar Mitzvah to wear them.
The tallit may be laid over the marriage canopy or be used as a burial shroud. Before putting on the tallit a prayer is said: "Blessed are You, O Eternal our God, Ruler of the universe, Who has sanctified us with your commandments, and commanded us to wrap ourselves in the fringed garment." The tallit is worn by most on the shoulders, while very religious Jews may wear it on their head. The tallit can be made of wool, cotton, or silk and is knotted on its four corners in accordance with the Biblical law.

Size selection

This Chart will assist you in choosing a Talit in the proper size.
This recommendation is based upon my years of experience.
However, some people have their own opinion on how they like to wear their Talit.
*Please note: Size is in inches before finishing.

1) To wear a Talit in a SHAWL STYLE use the Chart below:

Talit Size (Width x Length)Approx. Height/Type of Person
10 x 45 3 Ft. - Little Child
18 x 64 5 Ft. - Bar/Bat Mitzvah
18 x 72 5 Ft. 6 In. - Tall Bar/Bar Mitzvah
22 x 72 Under 6 Ft. - Regular Size Adult
27 x 72 Under 6 Ft. - Large Size Adult
36 x 72 Under 6 Ft. - X-Large Size Adult
22 x 81 6 Ft. and Taller - Slim Frame
27 x 81 6 Ft. and Taller - Large Frame

2) To wear a Talit in a TRADITIONAL STYLE use the Chart below:

Talit Size (Width x Length)Approx. Height/Type of Person
36 x 72 Under 5 Ft. - Bar/Bat Mitzvah
48 x 72 Tall Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Small Adult
52 x 72 Regular Adult and Chupah Size
60 x 80 Large Adult and Chupah Size
72 X 84 X-Large Adult and Chupah Size

Size chart for Cotton Tallit Katan and Summer Mesh Tallit Katan. (Arba Knafos/Tzizis):

ModelTalit Size (Width x Length)Approx. Height/Type of Person
D120x50cm / 8"x20"ages 2-3
D225x66cm / 10"x26"ages 4-5
D328x70cm / 11"x28"ages 6-7
D433x90cm / 13"X36"ages 7-9
D535x80cm / 14"x32"ages 7-9 wide
D640x100cm / 16"x40"ages 10-12
D746x106cm / 18"X42"ages 13-15
D852x112cm / 20"x45"Young man (M-L)
D963x126cm / 25"x50"Average man (L-XL)
D1070x140cm / 28"x56"Extra large man (XL-XXL)

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