Shopping online for a prayer shawl or tallit is no different from shopping online for a perfume, article of baby’s clothing, or trawling eBay listings. It’s simply a matter of finding the right site for you that has a variety of prayer shawls that appeal to your taste.
The easiest way to begin is to use a major search engine such as Google or Yahoo! and enter a phrase that applies to what you are looking for. It is easy to think that that phrase might be simply “prayer shawl” or “tallit” however, if you know in what type of prayer shawl or tallit you are interested, then it will pay to use an appropriate descriptive word in your search term too as this will narrow down your search.
Possible search terms include “raw silk tallit”, “traditional tallit”, “designer prayer shawl” or similar. Should there be a specific artist or designer whose work you like, entering his or her name into the search engine along with the word “tallit” should return some results. Yair Emanuel is particularly popular. If, however, you don’t have any idea where to start then tallit or prayer shawl will be a good start.
There is a huge range of different types of tallitot available online, complete with photographs of the design of each tallit and a detailed description. Many of the sites that sell tallitot online also sell tallit clips, tallit bags, tefillin, and other religious accessories.
Another type of tallit that is highly sought after, is the hand painted tallit. Only a few artists specialize in this area, so it is worthwhile spending some time looking at the various sites returned on the search engine listings to see if one of them has what you want.
Another way to search online for your ideal tallit, is to make the most of Google’s “Image” directory. It is located above the word “Google” and next to the word “Web” at the top left hand corner of the page. Clicking on this will transfer you to the image directory and entering in the same search term “tallit” will return only pictures of tallitot. The advantage of this is that you can buy tallit with the design you like, click on it, and it will take you to the site displaying the picture.
Unfortunately, sometimes the picture will not be displayed by a shop but will be accompanying an article, in which case, you can save the picture to show to one of the online shops, to see if they have something the same or similar within their tallit and shofar collection, .