The tallit is a Jewish garb, which has a lot of resemblance to the Aes Sedai shawl:
- It's a shawl
- It's got fringes
- The fringes are (or at least were) dyed blue
However, I couldn't find any reference to this, and the books' cover art seems to disprove the idea (although it makes sense not to use actual Jewish themes for non-Jewish book covers).
And even if the shawl isn't an actual tallit, is it at least based on the tallit?
Is there any actual data on this, beyond mere guesswork?