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I am in an interfaith marriage, and I have a small business making and selling kippot. I have a client who has asked me to make a matching tallit for an upcoming special event. My understanding is that a tallit is a more significant religious item. I believe a tallis is different, because you say a blessing(ish?) when you tie the tzitzit. Also a kippah is a head covering and not inherently special.

I am certainly, technically able to make one, but I am uncertain as to whether my doing so would be problematic, as I am not Jewish. According to halacha can a gentile make one with tzitzit? If not, can a gentile make one without tzitzit and have a Jew attach them?

  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya and thank you for bringing your question here. I've edited to add the information you provided in comments. You can edit further if you want to add anything (or if other people have questions). – Monica Cellio Jan 27 '17 at 21:33
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In Shulchan Aruch O"C 14:1 it says:

ציצית שעשאן אינו יהודי פסול, דכתיב: "דבר אל בני ישראל", לאפוקי אינו יהודי

Tzitzis that a non-Jew made are invalid, for it says, "Speak to the Children of Israel (Num. 15:38)" to exclude a non-Jew.

And the Mishnah Berurah there:

...שעשאן — פי' שהטילן בבגד פסול אפילו בישראל עומד על גבו ומלמדהו לעשות לשמה

that made - meaning: that tied them to the clothes - are invalid, even if a Jew stands over him and teaches him to do it for the sake [of the commandment]...

So it is permitted for a non-Jew to make the cloth, but attaching the strings would render it invalid.

  • True, but he can still do it afaik. – msh210 Jan 29 '17 at 21:41
  • I have rolled back the last edit to include the relevant information that I am technically able and would be making them for use by Jewish people of varying levels of observance. – a maker Jan 30 '17 at 22:41

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