Military

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 fabric with a subtle grosgrain design.  In 1945 DuPont bought the rights to manufacture polyester but it didn’t go into production until several years after the war.  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 – the measurements are approximately 12″ wide at the bottom and tapering to 8″ at the neck x 84″ long plus the fringe, but they can certainly be modified:

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

This is a simple chaplain tallit made from navy blue wool with gold embroidery and a gold fringe.

Military tallitot can be made for any branch of service: US Navy Officer, Navy Seal, Army, Air Force, etc.

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

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Deuteronomy 31:6 for a 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!

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

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This is the latest one.  A slightly different fabric with a textured pattern was used.  The atarah blessing is Isaiah 2:3 and a familiar closing blessing sung at the end of the Torah service.