atarah (ah-tah-RAH)


  • n. The embroidered neckband sewn to the top of a tallit.

Example Sentences

  • "I just saw it and instantly knew it was my Tallis. In addition to the light blue color, it has gold fringes and shiny gold ribbon woven into the Atarah. The Atarah also has a flower woven into it which also happens to be my middle name." (JPS)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • עטרה

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings



  • The atarah "indicates the way a tallit should be draped over the shoulders. The atarah may be elaborately embroidered and may include the Hebrew blessing that is recited when putting on a tallit. When a man is buried in his tallit, the atarah is removed." (JPS)

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