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.
Judaism is a religion that places emphasis on prayer and action. Prayer only takes place communally, with a group of at least 10 men needed to form a Minyan. There are certain religious synagogue items that are worn in the synagogue during prayer. These synagogue items include Tallit, Kippah, Tefillin, and an Atara. These ritual items each have their own history and symbolism in Judaism. Learn about them here in the Atara guide as well as in the Jewish learning pages at World of Judaica.
What is an Atara?
An Atara is a section of fabric used to decorate the end of the Tallit prayer shawl. This Talit is an important Jewish item. The Tallit is basically a cloth covering that is worn over the back and shoulders during prayer. This Talit prayer shawl has fringes on each of its four corners tied in a specific way. The Tallit tradition comes from the commandment in the Bible to 'wrap ourselves.' The Tallit is decorated with the Atara fabric on its edge closest to the back of the head, but can also be seen on the front part of the Tallis. The Atara adds a special touch to an otherwise simple prayer shawl. The Atara decoration can reflect the Tallit wearer's personal style.
Tallitot are usually made from high quality cloth, but can sometimes be made of cotton and raw silk materials. An Atara is usually made of raw silk or embroidered cotton.
Tallit designs include simple stripe patterns, usually black or grey stripes are common. In contrast, Atara designs are more elaborate and colourful. It is common to have a Judaica designed Atara with a pomegranate or Jewish star symbol. Another popular design is the Jerusalem skyline embroidered onto the Atara. Other patterns include floral, leaf, bird, and diamond designs. Atara colours can range from classic white to vivid. Yair Emanuel Tallits are usually full of bright colours.