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Halacha Tzitziyot

Corroboration: Direct Command ordained by YHVH as a way to cause people to remember His commands:

"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 so you will remember all the commands of YHVH, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God. ‘I am YHVH your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am YHVH your God.’"

Requirements & Prohibitions

1. There must be four tzitzit.

Numbers 15:38 "Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments . . ."

They must be worn always when dressed. They need not be worn in "specialized" clothing, such as swimming suits, exercise clothing, etc.

They must be worn out so that they can be seen.

Numbers 15:39 "And you shall have the tassel that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments . . ."

The tzitzit may be attached to the four-corners of either an outer or inner garment. The garment on which the tzitzit are attached must truly be a garment - i.e., made of cloth and covering a reasonable percent of the body.

They must be worn at all times when a person is "dressed." We reject the idea that they need not be worn at night, since when one is not in complete darkness there is enough light to see one's tzitzit. They do not need to be worn to bed.

Each strand ptil - must be made of natural fibers (cotton or wool) and be twisted (ghedeel) .

Each of the four tassels must have at least one chord of blue (Techelet). No other colors are to be added to the white and blue strands.

The Tzitziyot should be moderate in size. Yahshua spoke against the Pharisaical practices of the outward appearance of men, certainly looking good with their oversized tefillin and Tzitziyot, thus drawing attention to one’s outward spirituality . . . which in reality exposed his inward darkness and hypocrisy (Mattityahu 23:5). For men, the size is standardized according to what is worn in Israel today, and commonly sold in the market place. The white strands are usually about 8" to 12", and the blue strands are usually about 3 - 4" longer than the white.

How are they to be tied? The TeNaKh does not specify. The sages say that there should be at least 2 knots. The Beit Din suggests either the Ashkenazi or the Sephardim method. Another popular method is YHVH – Echad. Directions are available for winding.

Women and Tzitziyot

We recognize and understand that women are likewise to observe the commandments, and are to be reminded of them. However, the Torah has prescribed methods to accomplish particular goals, in many instances men are to observe in one way, and women another. Each sex has its unique gifts and contributions to properly form the Jewish community. The Beit Din recognizes the differences. The mitzvot regarding the Tzitziyot is written to men.

As the Beit Din of Nazarene Judaism, we determine that:

Women are not obligated to wear Tzitziyot

* Numbers 15:38-41

Deuteronomy 22:12 "You shall make tassels on the Four Corners of the clothing with which you cover yourself."

Deuteronomy 22:12 " of the clothing with which you cover yourself." "Make tassels on the Four Corners of the cloak you wear." The word "corners" in its original form is "kanph" The meaning is: wing (74), skirt (14), borders (2), corners (2), ends (2), feathered (2), sort (2), winged (2). We interpret this meaning to be on the outside of your garment, in four distinct and separate positions.

Deuteronomy 22:12 "You shall make yourself tassels (ghedeel-twisted strands) on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself."

Numbers 15:38 " . . . and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners."

Women may wear them if they desire to do so, however care must be taken that she doesn’t wear them "as the garment of a man."

If worn by a woman, the Tzitzit must be worn in a manner that is not similar to the garment or manner in which a man wears them. It is suggested that she wear them on a scarf, sash, head covering, etc. If she desires to wear a talit gadol (prayer shawl), she should do it in her private devotions, etc. The size of the tzitzit for women can vary in order to complement her garment.

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A couple of questions:

1) "The garment on which the tzitzit are attached must truly be a garment - i.e., made of cloth and covering a reasonable percent of the body."

It is then sufficient to attach them to the four corners of a T-shirt or Polo?

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2) "No other colors are to be added to the white and blue strands."

Does there need to be white strands at all, or can the tzitzit consist of only blue strands twisted together?

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3) "The mitzvot regarding the Tzitziyot is written to men."

I don't see any solid evidence to support this; can you elaborate? I ask because of this, "Direct Command ordained by YHVH as a way to cause people to remember His commands". It seems as if the purpose of the tzitzit is specifically to remember the commands, as Torah indicates, then the command should be gender-less, as women also aught to remember the commands. Your thoughts?
Requirements & Prohibitions

1. There must be four tzitzit.

I motion for a reconsideration of the above.

I do not find the commandment written as their being a requirement for 4 tzitzit. I do see the requirement stating tzitzit are to be affixed to the "4 CORNERS OF THE GARMENT WITH WHICH YOU COVER YOURSELF. Some may consider this "garment" to be the "shirt" in today's culture here in America, while others may consider this garment to be their "pants" still others feel another specially fabricated garment is required.

I feel that those of us that know they are covering themselves with "pants" (...I can go without a shirt in public legally), the commandment can be filled be wearing either 2 or 4 or even 7 tzitzit! Allow me to explain...

The "pants" we wear in today's society are made from 4 panels of material with 4 corners per panel. This gives a seamstress 16 total corners of material to be sewn together. 4 of these corners come together at 7 different locations on a typical pair of "pants". This being the case, a person should be allowed to place 2 tzitzit, one at the top of each set of upper panels and it be kosher. The 4 corners of "pants" panels come together at the top sides of "THE GARMENT WITH WHICH"..." everyone that wears "pants" "COVERS THEMSELF".
Perhaps it is implied that one must wear Middle Eastern style clothers with four corners and tassels, but if wearing western clothes that Tzittzit mitzva does not apply.

mikha El said:
Requirements & Prohibitions
1. There must be four tzitzit.
I motion for a reconsideration of the above.

I do not find the commandment written as their being a requirement for 4 tzitzit. I do see the requirement stating tzitzit are to be affixed to the "4 CORNERS OF THE GARMENT WITH WHICH YOU COVER YOURSELF. Some may consider this "garment" to be the "shirt" in today's culture here in America, while others may consider this garment to be their "pants" still others feel another specially fabricated garment is required.

I feel that those of us that know they are covering themselves with "pants" (...I can go without a shirt in public legally), the commandment can be filled be wearing either 2 or 4 or even 7 tzitzit! Allow me to explain...

The "pants" we wear in today's society are made from 4 panels of material with 4 corners per panel. This gives a seamstress 16 total corners of material to be sewn together. 4 of these corners come together at 7 different locations on a typical pair of "pants". This being the case, a person should be allowed to place 2 tzitzit, one at the top of each set of upper panels and it be kosher. The 4 corners of "pants" panels come together at the top sides of "THE GARMENT WITH WHICH"..." everyone that wears "pants" "COVERS THEMSELF".
I wear a Talit Katton with the Tzitziyot on it.
The main implication of what I wrote was the idea of wearing middle-eastern style clothes being an expetancy, perhaps like having a beard, comparable to the fore-knowledge the Scriptures seem to imply the reader has with Urim and Tummim since they are never physically described, etc.
Perhaps the Scriptures want us to ideally live* in Eretz Yisrael and wear Biblical clothing, so that the Tzitzit not only looks more appropriate, but is fully honored.

* - Remember, the Scriptures want us to make pilgrimage thrice yearly to Yerushalayim, if possible.

Anaiah Priel (Andrew P) Carlson said:
no way, Christian! You must always do whatever you can to wear the Tzitzit if possible. I wear them on my jeans belt loophole.
Deut. 16
Thrice annualy one is commanded to "Appear before YHWH Eloheinu in the place which He shall choose". This has for thousands of years been interpreted to command a pilgrimage to Yerushalayim, and probably Shiloh and Shechem when the Ark was there.

Deut / Devarim 16:16
Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before YHWH Eloheinu in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before YHWH empty:

Exodus 34:18-23
18 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.
21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year's end.
23 Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before YHWH Elohim, the Eloah of Israel.




Anaiah Priel (Andrew P) Carlson said:
i think its dangerous to assume too much and risk compromising the Torah. I've been curious, where does the Torah say to make pilgrimage thrice yearly? I've been trying to find it, but wasn't sure where to look.
What is the deeper meaning of this thing?
What does blue and white represent?
(I invite anybody to) Please elaborate on this issue.
The white represents purity and Techlet represents royalty.
perhaps white represents "the priest" and blue "the king"...hmmm
and what else?
there's likely (multiple) levels of meaning to it.
suggestions welcome.

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