Christian prayer shawls / tallit from Jeruaslem –

Zak’s Jerusalem Gifts for made in Israel Tallit. Our store located in the heart of GOD’s Holy city supplies a vast range of Messianic talit. Here you can buy prayer shawls made with wool, cotton and silk direct from the land of the Bible. All orders shipped to you direct from Jerusalem.

You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself. (Deuteronomy 22:12) 

In the Bible, the Prayer Shawl or “Tallit” has an interesting historical thread through both the Old and New Testaments. In the various laws and rituals discussed in the Book of Deuteronomy, there are instructions about wearing a garment with tassels (Tzitzit) on the four corners. (Dt. 22:12) These fringes were to remind one to practice God’s love daily by following specific commandments or Mitzvot.

In Isaiah 61:3 we are told by the prophet to put on “a garment of praise” (instead of a spirit of heaviness or despair). The Hebrew translation speaks about being “shrouded in glory.” Although speaking figuratively, a Jewish tallit or prayer shawl is fashioned as a garment to help bring us into a position of reverence before a Holy God. Just as purified oil was used in ancient times poured from a special shofar over the head to anoint a king, so specific garments were used to indicate power, authority and spiritual anointing.

In the time of Jesus (Yeshua), as a Galilean growing up in Jewish household in Nazareth, he both visited and taught in the local synagogues, so most likely He also wore a Jewish prayer shawl. When just walking the dusty roads of the Galilee, he may well have worn a simplified version of this fringed garment or tallit under his outer clothing. Thus, when the woman with the “issue of blood” pressed through the crowd and grabbed the tassels “tzitzit” of his garment in faith for her healing, he paused and asked who touched him. Her faith combined with the contact point of Yeshua’s tallit caused power or healing to flow from him. (Luke 8: 43-48)

The Messianic tallit is often used as a “spiritual covering” in Messianic Jewish services. If the prayer involves a blessing, the father will extend the prayer shawl corners like wings over his wife and children covering them in the prayer. These same Christian Prayer shawls are often used in special prayers for anointing, healing or sending out and also to honor the Lord through worship dance.

Zak’s Jerusalem Gifts has a wide array of prayer shawls in both small (katan) and large (gadol) sizes. All made in Israel, these tallit come in wool, cotton and synthetic weaves, with the special embroidered “crown” or collar (atarah) with a blessing in Hebrew. The traditional blue and white and black and gold Jewish prayer shawls are often seen worn at the Western (Wailing) Wall, and on special high holidays the white and cream tallit are worn.

The Messianic Jewish tallit have the name Yeshua, the menorah with flames of fire and a Star of David all printed on the shawl along with a Messianic Jewish blessing on the “crown” (atarah) in Hebrew. There are also pastel colors for “Women of Faith” and “Prayer Warrior Packages” which include the tallit, a small shofar and anointing oil.

Reasonably priced the prayer shawls range from as low as $15 to the fine wool Tallit from $65 to $100 and up, depending on size. Some come with a small complimentary matching bag to carry the tallit. All are guaranteed for quality and craftsmanship.

God told the Israelites to set physical reminders for themselves to remember God’s laws and commands. A few of the many examples can be found in the tassels (tzitzit) found on the corners of the prayer shawls to remember the commands and laws that God gave the Israelites when they first left Egypt to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 15:37-41), the mezuzah to place on the doorpost and gate which contains the word of God (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), and the unleavened bread to celebrate Passover, and later communion (Exodus 12 & Luke 22). Having objects with significant meaning can act as great physical reminders of God’s presence, commands, and love.

Wearing the tallit.
The blessing in Hebrew recited when putting on a tallis prayer shawl Hebrew.

ברוך אתה ה’ אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קידשנו במיצוותיו וציוונו על מצוות ציצית

Prayer shawl / tallit blessing transliteration

“Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha’olam asher kid-sha-nu b’mitz-vo-tav v’tzi-vanu al mitzvat tzitzit”

The Tallit blessing translation

“Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the mitzvah of tzitzit”

You are welcome to visit us on your tour of Jerusalem. Our shop is located at 24 Christian Quarter road. We also ship worldwide from the heart of the Holy Land.