An atara is an important
Judaica item for prayer services. Judaism places emphasis on actions and values prayer to G-d. Jews are commanded to pray multiple times a day and especially on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. Jews also pray daily in the form of blessings over food, washing hands, and other occasions.
What is an Atara? An atara is a piece of fabric placed on the edge of Tallit prayer shawls. The Talit is a prayer shawl made of high quality cloth which drapes over the shoulders and back. The Judaica Tallit is usually made of high quality cloth or cotton. The Tallith can be designed with a pattern such as stripes or a more elaborate Jerusalem scene. The Atara cloth also adds to the design of the Tallit.
The Atara can be designed with a variety of options, ranging from Hebrew quotes and blessings to images of Jerusalem and the Western Wall. A popular Hebrew quote for the atara is the blessing over the Tallit itself, which thanks G-d for 'enriching our lives with holiness' and commanding us to 'wrap ourselves in the tallit.' Yair Emanuel, a famous Israeli artist, is well known for his Tallit designs. An Emanuel Tallit often features a design of the Twelve Tribes or a nature scene.
Tallitot are popular gifts for boys on their Bar Mitzvah. The Bar Mitzvah marks a thirteen year old Jewish boy's entrance into adulthood and defines him as responsible to uphold the Jewish laws. Bar Mitzvah boys wear a Tallit for the first time on this occasion, so an Atara is an ideal gift. Other Tallit accessories include Tallit Clips and Tallit Bags. If you have any questions about Atara, Tallitot, or other Judaica items don't hesistant to Contact Us.