5 Tallitot for Your Upcoming Chuppah Ceremony
Tradition – where it started
In traditional communities, when Jewish boys or men wear a tallit, it depends primarily on their ancestry and/or which community they belong to.
- In many Ashkenazi Jewish communities of Eastern European descent, it is customary for the groom to wear a Tallit made from wool under the Chuppah.
- Ashkenazim with western European ancestry, Sephardim and Mizrachim start wearing Tallitot much sooner than their Eastern European counterparts.
Tallit Prayer Shawl is a Wedding Chuppah Canopy
It takes a different approach for those couples that are culturally connected; they were raised in a reform or conservative household. Wearing one versus using one in their wedding ceremony, the couple will choose a tallit prayer shawl as their wedding chuppah canopy or be wrapped; one or both choices are available.
Wrapping in the Tallit
Tallit Wedding Chuppah Canopy and Wrapping in the Tallit
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Besides the many tallitot as a chuppah canopy, there is a custom where the bride will gift it to her groom. When a couple does not have family members or their very own from their bar or bat mitzvahs, this is an enjoyable option. They get to shop for one together, knowing they will receive their marriage blessings in the chuppah. The rabbi will wrap them in the tallit.
This beautiful custom with the tallitot extends by blessing their future family and being shared with all those close to them. It is the concept of passing it down from one person to another. The saying is L’dor V’dor—from generation to generation.
There are many talented weavers in Israel and around the world who made it their mission creating gorgeous tallitot under Jewish Law.
We have put together a small selection of examples we have come across over the past few years that would not just make a wonderful present, but a beautiful heirloom for future generations.
Here are the 5 picks that may assist
Chuppahs Are Us is a chuppah rental company. Jewish Wedding Rabbi highly recommends calling Yani and reserve your wedding chuppah rental. They have in place an oversized tallit / tallis wedding canopy.
- Rabbi Andrea Frank stood in the many designs of this company’s chuppah with chuppah canopies.
Anna Abramzon Studio and Artist, Anna offers her hand-painted chuppah canopies. She designs amazing ketubot and tallit prayer shawls.
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Looking for a wedding canopy that is unique and one of a kind. Check out Cantor Debbie, and the Artist on Judaica in the Spotlight.
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Ketubah.com sells an oversized Tallit Prayer Shawl as the chuppah canopy. This tallit can assist a couple that wants a more traditional look to their chuppah. Often, they may not own their tallit or tallis – tallitot (plural) and will purchase one.
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Sara Resnik Sky designs tallitot (plural for tallit or tallis ) special blend of silk and hand-spun cotton pray shawls. You can find her on Zion Judaica and choose the measurement from the menu creating your wedding canopy. See all her designs that may fit your style!
Something old, symbolic, something new and maybe blue.
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