What are Tzitzits?

When we look at Numbers 15:37, God states “ Speak to the Israelites and say to them, “Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and to remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not to prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lust of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God”

We see here what the true and comprehensive purpose of Tzitzits. Tzitzits have been the only visible sign given to us by Yahweh(God), that we are to wear to help us stay on the correct path. There has been many controversies throughout for many years regarding who can wear Tzitzits or are we suppose to wear them in our current time. Well, if you read the Bible, the only conclusion you will find is that we were commanded to wear them. By wearing them, it will be a benefit to us by helping us to remember to follow the laws of God.

How do Tzitzits look?

The Hebrew word for Tzitzit is “ Gedil”, which means twisted thread, tassel, or fringe. It basically is a tassel made up of threaded strings. It is not specified what colors may not be included, but we know that they MUST contain a cord of blue. They usually resemble a braid or a cord with loose fringes on the end. They are hung on the  four corners of your clothing as stated in Deuteronomy 22:12.  It is debated on whether it is four corners or two. While I usually only wear two myself, our main purpose should be for them to be visible to ourselves. No matter how many corners or Tzitztis you think are correct, we should all have one specific reason for wearing them, and that is to remember the commandments.

Who Can Wear Tzitzits?

Tzitzits are not gender specific. You may hear that some Jewish laws forbid women and children to wear Tzitzits, but no can find nothing in the bible to support that claim. In Numbers 15, he states the “children of Israel”, which consist of Men, women, and children. As we all should be raising our children on Torah principles, so why not get them started early. From what the Bible states, anyone who follows God can wear Tzitzits.

Misconceptions about Tzitzits.

Although we have discovered who can wear them, there are also a few other debates on these holy tassels….

Some Rabbinic Jews have not worn blue in their Tzitzits since the destruction of the second temple, due to the lost of the original blue dye. Some blue dyes have been deemed as unacceptable or “unclean” since it may come from sea snails. In reference to blue dye coming coming from a unclean animal as reason to change God’s command is incorrect, seeing that we are not eating Tzitzits.

Some Jews also attach there Tzitzits to Tallit or Tallit katan. Although nothing is wrong with doing so, there is no law in the Bible stating a Tallit must be worn with the Tzitzit.

Why Should you wear Tzitzits?

If you have stumbled upon this website, I’m sure you are looking for ways to get closer to God, or you may be just searching for meaning about life. Well, life’s best instruction is Torah, and we should be shaping our lives around Torah principles. When we are out in real world, we may get caught up with the hustle and bustle, but the Tzitzits being visible to us will allow us to remember God and his ways. Remember, even Yeshua(Jesus) wore Tzitzits. Depending on what Bible who have, the word for “fringe” may be substituted with hem or corner.  The Greek word in place there was “kraspedon” which translates as fringe. Matthew 9: 20-21 states “ And see a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the Tzitzit of his garment”. Now if Yeshua chose to wear these tassels, I believe it would be a good idea to do so ourselves. 

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2 Replies to “What are Tzitzits?”

  1. l recently purchased some beautifully made tzitzit s i was so very very very pleased your site is amazing ! thanks for your spiritual advice and guidance

    1. That is so great to hear Shannon. Thank you so much for the purchase. We hope you have a wonderful Passover over this year!

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