It is quite common to see people with colorfully decorated tallises in non-Orthodox (especially Conservative) shuls, but much less common to see the same thing in Orthodox shuls. Is there any halachic issue with having a decorated tallis gadol?


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I'm pretty sure if you have a red or blue talith, the sSisSith have to be the same color, with a techeilath in the middle. I am not sure as to why Orthodox Jews don't wear colorful taleithim, but the closest I saw to colorful was a regular talith with blue stripes instead if black. In yemen, the teimonim wore a talith Jodol all day in and out of shul, some wore a black cloth with I assume black sSisSith on them.

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    taleithim? really? If you're going to be Makpid on the thau, you might at least be Makpid on the grammar. ;-)
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 17:21
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    Aye I'm typing on my phone as fast as I can. I'd rather stick with a word my phone gets that with a word that's going to be auto corrected 10times Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 17:25
  • @MoriDoweedhYaa3qob, Ashkenazim don't hold by that. Furthermore, the people today who will have a colourful tallit will typically not be makpid on the matter. For an example which I once saw at a Chabad: black beged, colourful stripes, white tzitziot. Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 20:50
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt just because people are in the wrong today doesnt mean it is right and one should learn from that Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 20:59
  • @MoriDoweedhYaa3qob, agreed, although I read somewhere here that Tosafot hold that one should always use white strings based on a pasuk in Daniel. Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 21:35

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