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Are there any halachos which require a tallis to be of a certain color? I've seen talleisim of many different colors, but are there any actual rules with regard to the color as opposed to the material?

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possible duplicate of Stripes on a Talis –  Gershon Gold Oct 9 '11 at 20:34
    
@GershonGold this is more on the color of the garment itself. –  Shmuel Brin Oct 9 '11 at 22:14

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It says in the Rambam and Rashi that the strings of a Tallis have to be the same color as the Tallis itself.

Tosfos writes that there is no obligation to do so, and the color of the strings does not have to be the same as that of the Tallis. The Halacha is like this opinion. Moreover, the custom in the Ashkenazi world is to make the strings white even when the garment is another color. The reason why Ashkenazim make the strings white is because it says in the Gemara that Hashem dressed himself up in a Tallis, and it says in a verse in Daniel that "His garment was as white as snow".

Therefore, to keep to all opinions, we make both the strings and garment white.

The Pri Mgadim the lines on bottom of the Tallis (which is there to remember the Tcheiles which we don't have) is not an issue because we go after the color of the main garment.

The Eishel Avrohom from Butchatch writes that it is fine if the garment aged and turned yellow.

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+1. Re "to keep to all opinions, we make both the strings and garment white": Mine is multicolored: white and black. –  msh210 Oct 9 '11 at 22:00
    
I was thinking of making/buying an all-black tallis for Purim. We'll see if it actually happens. –  Naftuli Tzvi Kay Oct 9 '11 at 23:14
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@TKKocheran, I understand \@Korach had an all-blue tallis. –  JXG Oct 10 '11 at 8:44
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@TKKocheran, it might be easier to dye a white one. –  msh210 Oct 16 '11 at 16:05
    
@msh210: see my answer from the Kaf HaChaim here: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/8346/603 –  Menachem Jan 17 '12 at 17:30

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