The first record of a Jew in Scotland is in 1691 and since then they have been an integral part of the country and its people. Jews were never persecuted and there were no pogroms, no Holocaust, no national or state sponsored antisemitic laws. When England was burning and exiling its Jews in the Middle Ages, Scotland provided a safe haven from English and European anti-Semitism. Now, after over 300 years, an official Jewish tartan has been created and registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority. It was designed by the only Scottish-born Rabbi living in Scotland, it's 100 per cent Kosher - being a non wool-linen mix. It incorporates many aspects of Scottish-Jewish cultural and religious history, with the colours, weave and number of threads picked for their relevance to Judaism.The blue and white represents the colours of the Israeli and Scottish flag with the central gold line representing the gold from the Biblical Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant and the many ceremonial vessels. The launch of the new tartan coincided with Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations.As you can see from the photo, it's a lovely plaid, and I'm just wondering what I should order for myself --
PRICE LISTMaybe you can find something for yourself at the Official Jewish Tartan site.
Hand pleated gents kilt (8 yards) - from £330.00
Machine pleated gents kilt (8 yards) - from £240.00
Machine pleated gents kilt (7 yards) - from £210.00
Gents waistcoat (vest) - from £75.00
Tie - £17.95
And check out the photo of Rabbi Mendel Jacobs apparently wearing a tartan tallit -- he's the rabbi behind this whole thing.
And remember, if it's not Scottish, it's crap! Also, dead men don't wear plaid!
Hurm, maybe I should enquire about a tartan tallit . . .
--The Web Guy