Would a rectangular cloth be halachically invalid as a tallit (kattan or gadol) because it happens to be a national flag? Would any other specific pattern or logo make a difference?
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From the Shulchan Aruch hilchos tzitzs 10:11 we learn that a scarf is not mechyuav to have tzits even though it is draped on the shoulders it is still considered a head beged(see the Biur halacha).In order for there to be a chiyuv of tzitzs it has to be considered a beged which is usually worn as such. If a person would wrap a flag around himself then certainly one would not need tzitzs since it surely does not have a shem beged since no one wears a flag.However ,if you decide to take a flag and you designate it as a beged(and you wear it on a constant basis) then it would be mechyuav.