The Importance and Beauty of Tzitzit

This week’s Torah portion of Shelach L’kha introduces a very practical commandment still applicable for us still today!

In Torah parashah Sh’lach Lecha, after seeing that God’s people were having difficulty remembering and guarding God’s commandments, and thereby losing their intended blessing, we see an introduction to the principle of wearing a “reminder tassel” called a “tzitzit” צִיצִת with a cord of blue in it.

The first mention of this is found in Numbers 15:37-41

And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:

‘Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them throughout their generations fringes in the corners of their garments, and that they put with the fringe of each corner a thread of blue.   And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray; that ye may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy unto your God.  I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.’

A few things jump out at us in this instruction from Hashem:

Firstly, it is a perpetual statute for all generations to observe and follow! Secondly, the significance of the source of blue is not the focus, nor is the knoting of the tassel, but the focus is on the color of blue… called “tehellit” in Hebrew it has a connotation of “sky blue” which reminds us of a few symbolic things…

Significance of the Tehellit (Sky blue)

Exo 24:12  tells us of the three things that God gave Moshe at Sinai: 1) The Tables of stone, 2) the Torah, and 3) the Mitzvah (commandment) that enjoin us to him.   In English it simply reads:

And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Come up to Me into the mount and be there; and I will give thee the tables of stone, and the Torah and the commandment, which I have written, that thou mayest teach them.’

In Exodus we find that the commandments were of “stone”… but what kind of stone?  The word in Hebrew for “table of stone” is lûach meaning a polished glistening stone!

Exo_24:10  says,

…and they saw the God of Israel; and there was under His feet the like of a paved work of sapphire stone, and the like of the very heaven for clearness.

The 10 Commandments were written by God’s own finger on “sky blue” sapphire stone taken from the footstool of God’s throne which is sapphire and of which we are reminded when we look up into the sky toward heaven!  The prophet Ezekiel confirms this as a double witness in his vision of the heavenly throne room in Eze_1:26

And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone; and upon the likeness of the throne was a likeness as the appearance of a man upon it above.

The Commandment is doubly Established (a double witness in both Numbers and Deuteronomy.)

In Deuteronomy 22:12  we see a double witness to this mitvah, thus establishing it as a principle in the word of God.

You shall make yourself twisted cords upon the four corners of thy covering, wherewith thou cover thyself.

Yeshua (WWJD)

There is a beautiful prophecy of Messiah in Malachi 4:2 with the analogy of the Son of Righteousness with healing in his wings… but few realize that the Hebrew word for wings  is kânâph and used for the edge hem or corner of a garment as well and that the corners of the garment and prayer shawl where the tzitzit tassels are tied are also referred to as the wings of the garment.

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

In Luke 8:43-48 we see the fulfillment of this prophecy in a woman who was healed by touching Yeshua’s tzitzit:

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,  Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment (his tzitzit): and immediately her issue of blood stanched.  And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?  And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.  And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.  And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Importance of us wearing today

If Messiah Yeshua wore them, and they help us keep from sinning and thus bring healing to our lives then how vitally important it is to wear this and what a blessing it is to share with others this principle as we are asked, “what are those tassels you wear?”

Different types of Tzitzit

Over the years different descendants from the whole house of Israel have tied their tzitzit in different ways thus differentiating themselves within the different tribal lineages.  Although there is no instruction on what the tassel must look like in scripture other than to have the cord of blue, each group make the way they knot them and the number of knots very symbolic to add meaning for themselves to help remember God and His commandments.  Below I show an example between Ashkenazi, Shaphardic, and Keraite tzitzit.  I hope this little revelation on something so simple the Father asks us to do inspires you to step out in faith and represent your dedication to God and living out His instruction by even dressing like He asks us and wearing tzitzit!  Be blessed!

To learn more about the where the dye for the “tehellit” color comes from watch the video below about the sea-snail in Israel used to obtain this

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  1. Shalom Shalom!
    Todah Rabah! Awesome article! My wife and I appreciate your insights through your teaching of the Torah portions.
    Would love to visit y’all one day… many blessings to you… and much ahava and shalom…

    • Shalom Toni… thank you for your question! The simple answer is yes woman can wear tzitzit and many do although it is not common in Israel as it is not considered a commandment for woman as it is for men.

  2. I had been wearing tzitzits for some time since I had been doing my own study since 2011. I’m fixing to wear the tzitzits again and I haven’t over a year because I didn’t like my tzitzit to get dirty when working outside and among other reasons such as my parents being shameful or embarrassing of me when in store.

    I was raised as a Christian and of course, most Christian think I’m trying to work or earn my salvation through works of law or I’m putting myself under a curse denying messiah but they don’t understand the spiritual meaning of wearing tzitzits and blessing it comes with it.

    I do believe the Almighty wants me to wear them and I believe He is writing His Laws in my heart just like He said he would do.

    Jeremiah 31:33

    33 sFor this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: sI will put my law within them, and I will write it ton their hearts. uAnd I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    Hebrews 8:10

    hFor this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
    after those days, declares the Lord:
    I will put my laws into their minds,
    and iwrite them on their hearts,
    and I will be their God,
    and they shall be my people.

    Blessings to all


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