About a month ago, I learned that my uncle, Rabbi Gendler, was given one of the first five rainbow tallitot ever made. For those who don’t know, before the 1960s, tallitot were white with black (sometimes blue) stripes. That was convention until Rabbi Gendler’s friend, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, invented, designed, and commissioned the making of the rainbow tallit. I was fascinated by this story and started researching, interviewing, and writing. I hope you enjoy the attached article, which was published in Tablet Magazine.
A Tallit of Many Colors
About the Author: Emily Loeb
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