PARASHAT SHLAH: Memory in the toolbox

The reason for tzitzit is explicitly explained in the Torah: It is meant to serve as a reminder of the obligation of every Jew to keep the commandments, and through them to be “holy.”

June 7, 2018 19:54
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TZIZIT: ANY item of clothing that has four corners or more, with four double threads tied on all fou

TZIZIT: ANY item of clothing that has four corners or more, with four double threads tied on all four corners. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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The commandment to wear tzizit (fringes) appears at the end of this week’s Torah portion, Shlah, after the long story of the spies who tour the land of Canaan (the Land of Israel) and the dramatic events that followed their misleading report.

“…They shall make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments… and when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of the Lord to perform them, and you shall not wander after your hearts and after your eyes after which you are going astray. So that you shall remember and perform all My commandments and you shall be holy to your God.” (Numbers 15:38-40) What is tzitzit? Any clothing that has four corners or more and has four double threads tied on all four corners. (In the original commandment, one of the threads was blue. For generations, the exact blue was not available. In recent generations, there have been some theories regarding how to obtain the correct color and there are those who use it to fulfill the commandment.)


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