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?

  • Does the flag have four corners? What material is it made of? – Double AA Apr 25 '14 at 15:16
  • What about drawing a blue Star of David in the middle of a Tallit with blue stripes? – Adám Apr 25 '14 at 15:24
  • What country/state/city/organization? – Seth J Apr 25 '14 at 15:25
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    You did not infer correctly nor is your statement about shaatnez entirely accurate – Double AA Apr 25 '14 at 16:05
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    Our questions all can basically be summarized thus: "Why are you asking the question?" – Seth J Apr 25 '14 at 16:27

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.

  • See my comment, above. I only plan on using this flag as a tallit for davening, so it's not a "permanent" beged. – DanF Apr 28 '14 at 14:54
  • That is exactly what a tallis is,you think anyone would wear a long cloth ,it only is for davening – sam Apr 28 '14 at 16:32

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