Military Tallit

I was recently commissioned to re-create a tallit for an Army Chaplain.  These are pictures that were sent to me of two original tallitot (part of the WWII collection at the National Jewish History Museum):



To my knowledge, no-one has been able to locate the original fabric that was used.  It was an acetate type material with a subtle grosgrain design.  Polyester wasn’t being made in the US until 1950.  DuPont bought the manufacturing rights in 1945.  I selected something I thought would be roughly equivalent.  The design for the tablet and star was done by my professional digitizer.  Here’s what was created: military

military3 This is the atarah that was done for the Air Force Chaplain (rather than the traditional bracha.) military2 But the traditional blessing can be embroidered as in this sample: military4


Here are four new ones:  #1 is for a US Navy Officer, #2 for a Navy Seal (Navy officer insignia and trident seal were custom digitized), #3 for a retired Navy Seal and Physician (notice the two caduceus designs below the atarah) and #4 for retired Army Officer. 


Two new atarot: Psalm 107:23 for the Navy officer: “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters.”


Deuteronomy 31:6 for the Navy seal: “Be strong and of good courage; fear not, nor be afraid of them.”  Traditionally, an atarah does not have the vowels, but they were requested for this one!


Translation is embroidered on a label stitched to the inside of the neckband: