Should We Still Wear Tzitzit Tassels?

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Posted in Apologetics by Jason

Tzitzit TasselsYesterday, my wife and I had a wonderful opportunity to share with another brother and sister why we wear tzitzit tassels according to the commandment given in the Torah, and I also wanted to take the time to address this subject on the blog. There are many different understandings of this topic being taught today, and as with anything else, it’s important to test everything we hear against the bright light of Yah’s Word to ensure that it is good and worth holding on to (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

The Arguments Against Wearing Tzitzit

Before we turn to the Word of YHWH regarding this matter, let’s briefly examine the arguments that are most often used to support the belief that obedience in this area is no longer for today (sound familiar?)…

Argument #1: Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) fulfilled the purpose of this commandment, so we no longer have to wear tzitzyot.

Argument #2: The wearing of tzitzit is a Jewish thing.

Argument #3: Tzitzyot are only for men.

Argument #4: They are only for garments with four corners.

Argument #5: They can be worn, but are to be tucked into garments and hidden from view.

What the Torah Says About Tzitzit Tassels

Now that we’ve laid out the more popular arguments against wearing tzitzit tassels, let’s turn to the Word. Twice in the Torah, we’re instructed to wear tzitzyot on the four corners of our garments. Once in Numbers, and once in the book of Deuteronomy…

Numbers 15:38 “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. 39 And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of YHWH and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, 40 and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your Elohim.”

Deuteronomy 22:12 “You shall make tassels on the four corners of the clothing with which you cover yourself.”

A careful reading of the above two passages tells us the following:

  1. This instruction is for all children of Israel, not only the tribe of Judah (Jews) or men.
  2. Tzitzit tassels are to be worn on the four corners of our garments.
  3. We are to wear them throughout all of our generations.
  4. Tzitzyot must contain a blue thread.
  5. They are to be a visible reminder of our Father’s instructions, the Torah.
  6. We are to hear and obey all of His commandments.

TzitzitThe Torah plainly tells us that all of Israel (all 12 tribes, both men and women) was commanded to follow this instruction forever, throughout all generations. It is to be a visible reminder to us of the importance of walking in the Light, and that following our own heart and eyes (the flesh) is the way that leads to certain destruction.

Interestingly, the word “remember” used in Numbers 15:39 is Strong’s H2142, זָכַר zâkar (zaw-kar), which means “properly to mark (so as to be recognized), that is, to remember; by implication to mention”. We know that Israel was called out and set-apart (marked) by YHWH to be a light to the nations (Isaiah 42:6), to show the world what living righteously according to the instructions of our Creator truly looks like. He has intentionally given us guidelines, that if followed, will clearly set us apart from others in all areas of our life (calendar, food, dress, attitude, etc.) and lead others to Yeshua Messiah.  This is a good thing and it’s the very reason for our existence — instead of attempting to explain the commandment away, it should be embraced.

1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”

What the Torah Does Not Say About Tzitzyot

So, as we’ve learned, the Torah does not indicate in any way, shape, or form that wearing tassels was a temporary thing that would someday be replaced by the Ruach at Shavuot (Pentecost). It was not specifically directed to one tribe (Judah), nor was it intended to be for men only (women need reminders to be obedient just as much as men).

Additionally, tzitzyot are not to be tucked in or hidden from view — they are to be visible reminders. After all, how is it possible that the woman in Luke 8:44 touched Yeshua’s tassel and 10 men of the nations will grab ahold of one Jew in Zechariah 8:23 if tzitzyot are to be tucked away and out of sight? Both of these passages act as further witnesses to the fact that our tassels are to be visible to others.

And what about the argument that they’re only to be used on garments with four corners? Consider the following:

Isaiah 11:12 “He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”

The word used here for “corners” is the exact same as the one that is used in both Torah passages related to the wearing of tzitzyot, it is Strong’s H3671, כָּנָף “kânâph”. Since the round earth doesn’t have four distinct corners any more than a pair of pants do, I cannot see this as being a valid reason for setting aside the commandment.

Last but not least, beyond attaching them to the four corners of our garments and including a blue thread, we are given no specific requirements regarding length or how to tie them. With all of this in mind, remember that any teachings contrary to what the Torah has to say on a matter are purely the doctrines of men…

Mark 7:13 “Thus you nullify the Word of Elohim by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

What Did Yeshua Say and Do?

Yeshua came to earth teaching and walking in the Torah of His Father. His doctrine was not His own, nor did He come to institute “a new thing” that was contrary to the perfect and unchanging words of our Creator. Yeshua HaMashiach came as our perfect example, and as His followers, we are to walk in His footsteps.

1 John 2:6 “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

We know Yeshua kept the whole Torah perfectly, not so we don’t have to but that we might have an example of what it looks like to properly interpret the Word and walk in it. Scripture also tells us specifically that Yeshua Messiah wore tassels on the fringes of His garment, and that there was healing power in them…

Malachi 4:2 “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.”

Luke 8:44 “She came up behind him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.”

“Wings” (Strong’s H3671): כָּנָף, kânâph, kaw-nawf: From H3670; an edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle: – + bird, border, corner, end, feather [-ed], X flying, + (one an-) other, overspreading, X quarters, skirt, X sort, uttermost part, wing ([-ed]).

“Fringe” (Strong’s G2899): κράσπεδον, kraspedon, kras-ped-on: Of uncertain derivation; a margin, that is, (specifically) a fringe or tassel: – border, hem.

Last but not least, let’s consider the Words of our Messiah in regards to His purpose here on earth and the importance of walking in obedience to all of the Father’s Commandments…

Matthew 5:17Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Torah till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

By these very words of Yeshua our Messiah, we can confidently say with 100% accuracy that all of the Torah is still in effect today. Heaven and earth have not passed, all is not yet fulfilled, and not the least stroke of a pen will pass from the Father’s Commandments until these things come to fruition. He went on to warn us that those who break even what we perceive to be the least of Yah’s Commandments and teach others to do likewise, will be called least in the Kingdom. Last but not least, we see in verse 20 that the doctrines of men which were upheld and taught by the religious leaders of the day were not pleasing to the Father and hold no value whatsoever. As pointed out earlier, they destroyed (nullified) the Torah of our Father by adding to and taking away from His Word.

Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim which I command you.”

Tying it All Together (Pun Intended!)

Picking and ChoosingThe bottom line is, we cannot pick and choose which commandments we want to keep, nor can we claim to know every reason why certain instructions are given and then argue that they’re no longer important because we’ve deemed them to be “fulfilled”. Wearing tzitzit, for example, has opened many doors for our family to share the truth of Yah’s Word with others, and it has resulted in numerous blessings that we would not have received had we not been walking in obedience by wearing them.

Sadly, “picking and choosing” happens all too frequently today as individuals attempt to justify a lawless lifestyle. People openly rebel against the fourth commandment by saying that “Jesus is their Sabbath rest”, and some even attempt to explain away the dietary instructions found in Leviticus 11 by arguing that we now have refrigeration and can safely consume that which is unclean. Let us not forget that YHWH is smarter than we are — we are simply called to hear and obey, not edit His instructions.

In these last days, let us throw off the doctrine and traditions of men and return to the original faith as it was once delivered to the saints. It is time to stand up and defend our Father’s unchanging and perfect Word.

Titus 1:9 “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”

Proverbs 4:2 “For I give you sound doctrine, forsake ye not my Torah.”

How to Tie Tzitzit Tassels

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53 Responses to “Should We Still Wear Tzitzit Tassels?”
  1. Yitzhak

    Spot on ahki!

  2. New2Torah

    One of the biggest arguments I hear against women wearing of tzitzyot is that the word “children” actually means “sons” (men). HOWEVER if you do some cross reference, the commandment for wearing tzitzyot starts off the exact SAME WAY as the dietary laws.

    So if someone is going to suggest that women should not wear tzitzyot, one can only assume that its only Hebrew men that should obstain from pork and shellfish. Its a silly argument and one that I have come to label as belonging to the “ONLY ME THEOLOGIANS” who love to claim that the TORAH is only for men and/or certain people. No, The Father’s instructions are good for ALL PEOPLE!

    Jason, would love to make a post on my blog introducing my readers to your site and copy this article. Hit me up in an email.

  3. Kimberly

    Something I caught that I hadn’t thought of until now, you said about “not a temporary law” = are there any commandments or laws that were temporary? Or to do until Messiah comes? I know there are many traditions, and rabbinical teachings that many get caught up in, but the basics should be held dear. I love that we GET to partake in Yehoveh’s instructions. I just love it. Thanks man for pointing to the beauty of simplicity~

    • Jason

      Thanks for your comment, Kimberly. There are conditional commandments, but nothing that is designated as temporary (at least that I’m aware of). Oh, and I agree with you wholeheartedly — once you personally experience the beauty of walking in the Father’s Torah, there’s no turning back! It is truly a blessing…

  4. Sarah W.

    Great post. It took a while, but I have started being obedient to this commandment. Thankfully, my husband was patient with me and let me come to this decision on my own time. So glad God took us out of the congregation we were in so that I could get clear Scriptural leading from the Ruach HaKodesh on this commandment.

    On another note, I love your blog, Jason! Blessings and Shalom as you continue in His paths of righteousness,
    Sarah

    • Jason

      Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. It’s wonderful to hear that the Ruach is leading you to truth in this area…

  5. DiscipleshpGuy

    Great Post! I think you presented it in a very logical, thought out way. Thanks!

  6. Irina

    I enjoyed reading this well written post, Jason. I agree EVERYONE suppose to wear tassels.

    I am new to Torah and want to walk upright. Tell me how exactly a woman suppose to wear tzitzit? Where to place them? How it suppose to look like. Also, is there any explanation why Father commanded a thread of blue color in tzitzit?

    Lastly, a question not related to wearing tossels. Are women suppose to wear head covering at all times or only while praying or prophesying? Looking forward to your answers. Thank you.

    • Jason

      Shalom Irina, it’s so exciting to hear what the Father is doing in your life. Coming into the understanding that all of Scripture is still true and directly applicable to us today is truly a life-changing experience, not a single day goes by when I don’t thank Him for waking our family up.

      As a woman, there are several ways that you can approach the walking out of this mitzvot…

      1. If you are wearing pants, you can make use of the provided belt loops.
      2. You can wear a tzitzit belt.
      3. You can use safety pins or alter clothing.

      My wife makes use of belt loops when they’re available, and on garments where they’re not, she came up with a really creative solution that works very well. She actually sews four tiny pieces of elastic to the outside of the belt line (these essentially become four mini beltloops). She buys elastic to match the color of the skirt, and they are hardly noticeable once sewn on. As far as placement goes, she sews them on about an inch or so from the outside of the hip (both front and back).

      The color blue is used for several other set-apart purposes in Scripture, such as the curtains of the Tabernacle (Exodus 26:1), the screen for the opening (Exodus 26:36), a screen for the gate of the court (Exodus 27:16), the priestly garments (Exodus 28:31, Exodus 28:8), and vail for the cherubims (II Chronicles 3:14). It is a color that represents royalty (Esther 8:15) and the heavens (Exodus 24:10, Ezekiel 1:26, Ezekiel 10:1).

      As far as headcoverings go, our understanding at this time is that Paul was not issuing a new commandment as the Father specifically instructed man not to add to or take away from the Torah. The requirement for a woman to wear a headcovering is not found anywhere in the Torah, so it would appear that there is something else going on in 1 Corinthians 11 that we’re missing. As with many of Paul’s writings, they can be difficult to properly understand at times and we must keep in mind that we only have one side of the conversation to work with — this was most likely a unique cultural issue that arose and it needed addressing.

      Another thing to consider is that in 1 Corinthians 11:14, Paul states that long hair on a man is a dishonor to him, yet a man is required to let his hair grow long when taking a Nazirite vow (Numbers 6:5). Why would the Father bring shame upon a man who elects to become more set-apart to His Creator by taking a Nazirite vow? There seems to be more than meets the eye here.

      Headcoverings are a good thing (and I personally think it looks beautiful when my wife wears one), but we simply don’t view them as a commandment. Please keep in mind that this is what the Father has revealed to my wife and I at this time and we are not infallible, it’s always important that you study these matters out on your own. By the way, 119 Ministries has a teaching on headcoverings that may be helpful in answering additional questions…

      I hope this helps!

  7. Christo Barnard

    Abba recently spoke to me about this subject. I don’t have the means to buy them, so my wife made us some from instructions our pastor got off the net. Nie I’m paying for money to buy us reach a tahlit

    • Jason

      Shalom Christo, we do the very same thing. Just purchase thread locally and make them yourself, it’s very inexpensive and easy to do…

  8. Greg

    Just found your site. Very interesting. I have a great love for the Jewish people ,God’s chosen people. What are your teachings regarding Jesus Christ being the Messiah, the prophecy of Him in Isaiah 53, and His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection?

    • Jason

      Shalom Greg, thanks for stopping by! I believe you will greatly enjoy this…

      http://yisrael.me/the-4th-and-7th-day-teaching-by-119-ministries-video/

      I believe that Yeshua is the Son of Elohim, that He is the promised Messiah and fulfillment of the prophecies found in the Tanakh (“Old Testament”), and that He came to teach us how to properly walk out the instructions found in the Torah.

      Also, I just want to clarify that I’m not Jewish. I’m a former gentile who has been grafted in to Israel as described by Paul in Ephesians 2:11-13. Much love and shalom to you, Greg. 🙂

      • Jacques

        Hi Jason,

        As much you might not be Jewish (as in of the tribe of Judah) I certainly believe that we are all of Y’israel! If the Jews are from the tribe of Judah, then we are of one of the other 11 tribes.

        Thanks for the clarification on tzitzit, could you point me in the direction of a “how-to” in terms of the knotting of the tassles themselves? I have read that each knot has a symbolism and would like to get it right.

        Shalom from Cape Town.
        Jacques

        • Jason

          Shalom Jacques! There many tzitzit tying tutorials on YouTube, I would spend some time going through them and then choose a style that speaks to you. Remember, there is no commanded way to tie them – Yah has given us freedom in that area.

          Much love and shalom to you in Yeshua, brother.

  9. goldee

    Why are you stating Jesus is not our Sabbath, based on the 4th commandment ? Help me, as I test everything…Did not Christ become our Sabbath. Please explain…TY !!

    • Jason

      Shalom Goldee! The seventh day Sabbath is something that:

      1. Was instituted at creation (Genesis 2:1-3)
      2. We were told to keep forever, “throughout all our generations” (Exodus 31:13)
      3. Is a sign (or “mark”) of the covenant between Yah and His children (Exodus 31:13)
      4. Is a shadow of things TO COME (Colossians 2:16-17)
      5. Yeshua said will still be kept in the last days (Matthew 24:20)
      6. Will still be kept even after Messiah returns! (Isaiah 66:23)

      The seventh day Sabbath is a prophetic picture of the seventh 1,000 year period when Yeshua Messiah will return to this earth to rule and reign. That “day” has not yet come, and there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of Elohim (Hebrews 4:9).

      Whenever you have a chance, would you please consider checking the following teaching out? I believe it will present much that you may not have previously considered:

      http://yisrael.me/the-sabbath-day-teaching-by-119-ministries-video/

      Much love and shalom to you!

  10. Michael Hribar

    So the old covenant has been fulfilled and the 10 commandments are no longer on tablets of stone but written on our hearts. Why are the tassels any different? Aren’t the tassels are a reminder of the 10 commandments? (Not a reminder of the torah) We don’t need a reminder any more because they are in our hearts.

    Crazy

    • Jason

      Shalom Michael! Here are two very simple (but important) questions to answer:

      1. Have heaven and earth passed away?

      2. Has ALL been fulfilled?

      Until we can all answer “Yes!” to both of the above questions, not the smallest stroke of a letter will pass from the Torah… per Yeshua Messiah.

      Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Torah till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 5:17-19

      The Torah is not done away with in the New Covenant, it is written on our hearts ( please see Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8 ), and we are given the Holy Spirit as a helper to keep YHWH’s commandments (not break them).

      “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” -Ezekiel 36:26-27

      Remember, if we claim to “abide in Him”, we “must walk just as He walked” (1 John 2:3-6). Yeshua Messiah came as our example, not our excuse.

      1. He wore tzitzyot (Luke 8:44).
      2. He obeyed the Torah perfectly (Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:4).
      3. He taught the Torah (John 7:16, Proverbs 4:2).
      4. He instructed us to obey the Torah (Matthew 5:19, Matthew 23:1-3).
      5. He taught against the traditions of men (Matthew 15, Mark 7).
      6. He kept the Sabbath (Luke 4:16, Mark 1:21).
      7. He kept the Leviticus 23 Feasts (Matthew 26:18).
      8. He came as our example, not our excuse (John 13:15, 1 John 2:6).

      Much love and shalom to you.

  11. Barb

    I believe that the command to wear tzitzit is still in force, like the rest of Torah. My question is not if we should wear them, but how? I found a distinct difference between tassels and fringes. I am not a Hebrew scholar, but several things about tzitzit have been revealed to me. Everyone knows what a fringe is. I am a seamstress, and when I sew a hem, I roll it. Another way to finish a hem is to “fringe” it. The garments the Israelites wore were simple and practical. I doubt they rolled the hem of their garments. It is much more likely they fringed it. Check the archaeological evidence and test this: has anyone ever discovered a set of 4 tzitzit or even one tassel? What has been discovered are ancient linen garments with fringes on them. Even stone carvings depicting Israelites wearing fringes. Perhaps the person who carved these pictures ignored the four dangling tassels, because I did not see them on the drawings. But were they even there to begin with? Nearly every culture in ancient times, when you look at their clothing, had hems of fringes. What made Israel distinct was that ribbon of blue throughout (which I did notice on some of the ancient stone carvings). I first started thinking of this when I took note of the North American Indian garments. Fringes! And you can easily incorporate them into any garment. Sorry to say it may not be the height of fashion, but YHWH didn’t give me any fashion tips. As far as four corners, define scripture with scripture and compare to the four corners of the earth and the corners of your head and look at the shape of it. I am not sure I can word this correctly, but it appears to me that it would mean “all around” your garments. Like a circle, which, to me is significant since YHWH’s entire plan and design is cyclical. I think the Jews went a bit off the mark in creating these four dangly things. I had even seen a fashion runway photo of a male model wearing four tassels, apparently it was a trend. Well, again, the Father isn’t trending and I think we have fallen a bit short in our interpretation of how to properly wear them. I sew a lot of my garments, and what I do is topstitch a row of blue thread a couple of inches from the hem, and then pull out the weft threads to create a fringe. Rarely people notice them or inquire of them, just His quiet little reminder to me not to go a whoring after other gods.

    • Tom W

      RE: “corners”
      Some people seem to get very concrete on the topic of placing tzitit on “corners” (which is why some get bent out of shape when they see them on belt loops). The commandment is to place them on the four corners (kanaph- wings) of our garments. There is no command to wear a “four-cornered” garment, therefore my understanding is that all garments have “four corners” and the term ‘kanaph’ is best understood to the four outreachings (like a birds wings) or four directions (like a piece of land) as applied to the garments we do wear.
      shalom u’brachot

    • Donald McGrew

      I am clueless about sewing, but would love to see a picture of what your talking about. Cadman24@ymail.com

  12. Annette Tweedel

    Shalom

    I was given Matt. 23:5 because the blue thread on our tzitzits that my husband made us is longer than the rest of the threads. Can you give me your thoughts on what you think Matt. 23:5 means. Thank you. By the way, I am not coming against you at all.

    • Jason

      Shalom Annette, Yeshua’s words in Matthew 23 weren’t really addressing the issue of tzitzyot length. What was being called into question was the condition of their heart. Is our obedience done in an attempt to gain recognition from others, or are we doing it from a pure heart that desires to please Yah by doing exactly what He asks us to do to the best of our ability?

      May we do all that we do out of a pure desire to please Abba, passionately loving the Father with all of our heart, soul, and strength.

      Much love and shalom to you!

      • Annette Tweedel

        Thank you Jason, the person that gave us that scripture gave it to us because he seems to think that because of the fact that we have the blue cord longer than the rest then we might get denied entrance into the Kingdom of Yah. Thank you for explaining Matt. 23:5.

        • Jason

          Wow, I have absolutely no idea how one could possibly get that idea from the text of Matthew 23:5…

          Where is the commandment found in the Torah that all threads must be exactly the same length? We are not given specifics on how to tie them, colors (aside from having a blue thread in them), or length. It is shocking that one individual would tell another that their eternal well-being is in jeopardy because their tzitzyot doesn’t look exactly the same.

          Much love and shalom to you, Annette.

          • Annette Tweedel

            Thank you Jason. Now in regards to the color of blue. Someone else is telling me that it is to be tekhelet. I don’t know if I spelled it correct or not. This person told me that it has it in the Hebrew Bible. His bible says Tanakh on it. He said he has the Hebrew Tanakh-the original language of the Scriptures and he bought it from Israel. Can you give me some insight or something on this bible and on the color. Thank you

  13. Jason

    Yes Annette, the Hebrew word translated into English as “blue” is “tekhelet”. We do not know the exact source of the dye that was used and there has been much debate on this topic.

    Personally, I use normal blue cotton thread. However, if you would like to purchase tzitzyot dyed with what the rabbis believe to be the original dye (from the murex trunculus snail), it is available here:

    http://tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/ptil-tekhelet-tzitzit-strings/

    Shalom!

    • Annette Tweedel

      Hi Jason,
      Now when you say we do not know the exact source of the dye that was used, would the snail be the source? Also, since we are still learning, when you say “with what the rabbis believe”, is this considered rabbinical? I don’t know, that is why I am asking.

      Sorry for all these questions. We are just trying to learn and find out.

      Thank you for all your help.

      • Jason

        Shalom Annette, that is what many believe. And yes, this comes from Rabbinical Judaism…

        • Annette Tweedel

          Thank you Jason. Now I have been having a discussion with someelse about the tzitzits. I am trying to figure out what this person is trying to say. This person makes it sound like not only are we to have the tzitzits on the four corners of our garment but also the fringes. Am I understanding that the fringes is the stuff that is all around the garment at the bottom? Are we to wear both the tzitzits and the fringes?

          • Jason

            Shalom Annette, here is exactly what Scripture tells us:

            “Again YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of YHWH and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your Elohim. I am YHWH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your Elohim: I am YHWH your Elohim.” -Numbers 15:37-41

            “You shall make tassels on the four corners of the clothing with which you cover yourself.” -Deuteronomy 22:12

  14. Annette Tweedel

    Thank you Jason for your help. It is much appreciated.

    • Jason

      It’s my pleasure, Annette. Much love and shalom to you in Yeshua our Messiah…

  15. Annette Tweedel

    Shalom Jason,

    Concerning the tzitzits. Are they supposed to be 100% cotton or what? Because I saw on someone’s post that someone else made a comment about nylon. Thank you for the help.

    • Jason

      Shalom Annette,

      The Scriptures give us no details regarding the fabric that they must be made out of. As long as they aren’t made of a mixture of wool and linen, you can use whatever you would like…

      Chag Shavuot Sameach!

  16. Mary Beth Johnson

    If the wife is wanting to wear the tassels, but the husband doesn’t want me to, what should I do?

    • Jason

      Shalom Mary Beth! This is a very difficult and delicate situation, for sure…

      Wearing tzitzyot is a commandment, so with that in mind, what would you do if your husband asked you to break one of the other commandments (for example, stealing something that didn’t belong to you)? I’m not sure where your husband is currently at in his walk or the reason why he doesn’t want you to keep this commandment, but perhaps it might be helpful to discuss with him the reason the commandment was given (to serve as a reminder to keep YHWH’s instructions) and explain to him that it is your heart’s desire to be faithful to both Abba and your husband (which is also a commandment). As a husband, I am glad that my wife has that constant reminder (tzitzyot)… and she feels the same about me.

      Much love and shalom to you, sis.

  17. Maricel

    Thanks for this achi. I have been obeying this command and started making pictures of them with scriptures written in the pictures. Then i posted it on facebook and some female said its frowned upon for woman to wear tassles because they are only for man to wear. More tradistions i guess. But seeing your article gave me a peace about obeying it..
    Shalom 🙂

  18. Vasken

    Hi Jason,

    Shalom to your article. I have come to know the name of Yahuah (YHUH) or heavenly father, and his son, Yahusha for a few years now, but have only really been trying to follow his Torah properly this year.

    As far as I know I am trying to keep all his laws but one I am stumbling on is the Tzittzit. I think I was (maybe am still) a bit hesitant on wearing them as I know I will cop a lot of abuse and get funny looks from both family and friends (I am the only one, as far as I am aware, in my family and nationality that is following the Torah). But I am strenthing my heart to know that I don’t care what men think and I love YHUH and I need to wear them to show my love.
    I am in the process of making them and have been doing a fair bit research to see how we wear them. My instinct says that wearing them on belt loops is incorrect and they should be on our outer garment and as one single 4 cornered piece of clothing (not 4 separate “tassels”). But your comment in Isiah 11:12 did open another eye that maybe it is ok to wear them on belt loops. Anyway I guess if it is the incorrect way of wearing them, then it is better than not wearing them.

    On the subject of clothing (and a bit off topic). The commandment in Deuteronomy 22:11 “Do not put on a garment of different kinds, of wool and linen together.
    Does this mean we cannot wear anything that is made mixed with wool and linen, or anything that is mixed with any 2 different types of fabric?
    I had a look at most of my clothing and all the pants, jumpers and jackets are mixed material. Mostly 80% cotton and 20% Polyester or Elastane. These are mostly on “hooded” jumpers, or pants with the cords that tighten the pants around our waist, or on Jeans or anything with belt loops.
    It is very difficult in this day and age to find jumpers and tracksuit pants that keep you warm that have been made with 100% one type of fabric.
    Your help would be greatly appreciated as I am starting to a study on the mixing of the fabrics.

    Shalom

    • Robert

      Hey Vasken,
      I noticed that there wasn’t a reply to your questions.
      The commandment about mixing fabrics is only about wool and linen. There are several possible reasons including different frequencies or symbolism from what the priests wore. Rest assured that it is only for wool and linen which is a very rare cloth combination.

      As far as the wearing of tzitzits go, I wear four tzitzits and I wear them on four of my belt loops. It is only for me to look at, but it is a fringe benefit when others see them and ask about them. 🙂

  19. Eudora Nachand

    I think this may be helpful to this subject: The word “tzitzit” itself means; “to blossom”, or “to bloom”. The tzitzit reminds us of the fruit we are to produce as children of Yah. Yahushua is the vine and we are the branches. Branches are where blossoms appear, and from blossoms appear fruit.

    A wonderful subject by the way. I have been studying the law before I make my own ‘tzitzit’ because I feel like since I am commanded to wear them (‘tzitzit)’, I aught to know why I wear them, especially if they ‘tzitzit’ are to be a visible reminder of our Father’s instructions, the Torah ergo the fruit…

    Shalom

  20. Lacey

    What about teffilim? What are they, how are they worn, and by whom are they worn?

    • Jason

      Shalom Lacey. Tefillin are an interpretation of the command to bind the words of Torah “as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” (Deuteronomy 6:8). While it is true that this is symbolic of doing (hand) and meditating on (between your eyes) the commandments of YHWH, I do believe that wrapping Tefillin is a valid practice that reminds us daily of the deeper significance and importance of this command. While some say that a literal interpretation is not warranted, if we are going to place Mezuzahs on the doorposts of our homes in obedience to verse 9 of Deuteronomy 6, then it only makes sense to interpret verse 8 in like manner.

      You can learn more about Tefillin here. Hope this helps!

      • Lacey

        Did Yashua wear teffilim?

        • Jason

          Yes, I would assume so…

          • Lacey

            So should we wear them all day? Where does it say in the Torah how they should be made? I’m just trying to understand.

  21. Jason

    Shalom Lacey. Tefillin are typically worn during morning prayers, tassels are worn all day long. The Torah does not give us instructions on how to make them, so you can either be creative or follow traditional methods.

  22. JR

    On a practical note, exactly how do you wear Tzitzit? Do you tie them to your belt or your shirt, is the spacing apart of them important?

    • Jason

      Shalom JR! Some wear a tallit katan, others attach them to belt loops or sew something onto their clothing to attach the tzitzyot to. Scripture does not give us specifics on how to tie them or how to wear them, only that they must be worn. 🙂

  23. Debra

    This Comment for Barb & about head covering:

    In Deuteronomy the tassel is called a gedil or festoon. A festoon is similar to the four cornered “tassels” often dangling from a fancy pillow. The fringe along the entire garment is not the tzitzit. The root word of Kanaph or wing in Hebrew is niphal which means “thrust into a corner”. The fringes/tassels/festoons are to be worn on the edge or farthest corner of your garment. The stone carving of King Jehu not wearing the tzitzit and bowing before a pagan king is no evidence of how fringes worn. Look closer and you’ll see Jehu was carved wearing same clothing as the other pagan kings carved on the stone. The Hebrew Words of Scripture tells us all we need to know.

    As for headcoverings…women of Scripture wore headcoverings. When a wife was brought before Yah if thought to have committed adultery she was told to UNCOVER her head. Paul references the angels watching regarding if a woman was covered and refers to Eve. In other words physical proof of a woman being under authority was shown in her head being covered. Of course the heart is first for this but from the heart our walk is revealed. So there is more to a headcover than just some cultural tradition. It goes all the way back to Genesis. Also note hair is not the cover. The Greek word refers to a veil or shawl. And since Eve is the mother of all the living it also goes for women married or unmarried. Selah.

  24. Ani Quadros

    I am so happy for finding this site, I feel home. Thank you for your great work.
    Shalom.

    • Jason

      Thank you for the kind comment, Ani. Shalom!

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