Ruth’s Holocaust Tallit

Ruth’s parents were Holocaust survivors. She wanted a tallit to wear for her adult Bat Mitzvah that would be meaningful to her.

Ruth created a design that started with embroidered barbed wire on one side to represent her parents’ generation, linked to a vine of green leaves trailing up that same side and continuing across her back, representing her generation, that then turned into a vine with purple and yellow flowers going to down the other side of the tallit, representing her children’s generation. The atarah had “l’dor v’dor” embroidered on it with trees of life on the ends. The corners had the Hebrew names of the three generations of her family members. It was all done on ivory dupioni silk. Because of the embroidery, it was lined with the same fabric.