Whenever I wave my four species in shul, I always find that my tallis repeatedly slips off my head and shoulders. I typically have to adjust it every single set of waves, which is rather distracting. Do other people experience this? How do you keep your tallis on while waving the four species?

I have tried a variety of approaches, with little success, including:

  • Rolling the tallis underneath itself
  • Pulling the tallis tight
  • Leaving extra slack

This seems to happen regardless of what I'm wearing, including when wearing a suit jacket with shoulder pads.

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    This is a special case of judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/8608/… . Maybe a duplicate?
    – Isaac Moses
    Oct 20, 2019 at 14:55
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    @Isaac I think not a duplicate since suggestions could be specific to this case (e.g. suggestions about how to wave the species better) which wouldn't work for the general question.
    – Daniel
    Oct 20, 2019 at 18:35
  • it would be helpful for you to edit in a discussion of which of the answers to the previous question you've tried or considered for this case, and how you found them wanting.
    – Isaac Moses
    Oct 20, 2019 at 18:54
  • Could you say more about how you're waving now? In particular, are you raising your arms straight upward, or just lifting from the elbows? I've mostly seen the latter and it doesn't seem to be disruptive, though (a) I haven't watched closely how they wear the tallit in the first place and (b) I don't know the relevant halachot. (I could turn this into an answer but it'd be unsourced, so starting with this question in a comment.) Oct 20, 2019 at 19:38
  • @Isaac done.....
    – Daniel
    Oct 20, 2019 at 20:10

3 Answers 3


If you take your talis from the sides and roll them in and under on top of shoulder it should stay in place without any movement.

  • I have tried this and there's been minimal improvement.
    – Daniel
    Oct 20, 2019 at 18:34
  • Is it over your head as well?
    – Akiva___
    Oct 20, 2019 at 21:20
  • @Akiva yes it is
    – Daniel
    Oct 20, 2019 at 21:21
  • Your Tallit must be very light then. Tuck all four corners under the belt at the part of your body where it naturally would hang.
    – Akiva___
    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:00
  • @Akiva___ I have done that as well. That keeps the tallis from falling off completely, but it actually seems to make it "unfold" from my shoulders more often.
    – Daniel
    Oct 24, 2019 at 16:09

Get a Talit made of a cloth which is a bit coarse [that is, not very smooth] (I got one like this).
Works 100%.


In my opinion, the addition (not during the holiday of course) of some velcro strips could assist you in this endeavor.

  • You should give an English translation of the Yiddish sentence that you used for an answer Oct 23, 2019 at 0:20

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