Tzitzit – Yoel Halevi


Can women wear tzitzit? Must they be worn on a four cornered garment? What exactly constitutes a garment and can they simply be attached to the belt loops of one’s jeans?

Again Yehovah spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tzitzit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tzitzit of the corners. And you shall have the tzitzit, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of Yehovah 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 God. I am Yehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yehovah your God. – Numbers 15:37-41

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  1. James Hayman says

    I think if it is the womans duty to obey Yehovah’s commandments, maybe she should wear the tsittsit to remind her. If however she is covered by her husband in matters like this, then maybe she need not but rely on her husband the rule in matters like this. Jim Hayman

  2. Gabriel says

    What Other matter would a woman rely on the husband?

  3. liveforeverhowto says

    Thank you so very much. Our family has been debating how to wear the tzitzit for years. That’s just awesome.
    We’ll now continue with a smile on our face instead of this quietly wondering if we were doing the right thing. Amen.

  4. Mahalalyah says

    So when the Torah speaks about same sex relations, it doesn’t speak of women, so is it ok for women to have sexual relations with each other?

  5. BMer says

    Another good clarifying lesson! Thank you! (The word you were looking for for edge maybe “hem”?)

  6. Tony V says

    Hello Jono and Yoel! I enjoyed your teaching. It seems to me the answer to whether or not a woman should wear tzitzit is in the context in my opinion, specifically in v39 and 40. Wear them so you will not follow after your own heart and own eyes, after which you played the harlot….Remember to do all My commandments! Without being an expert in biblical Hebrew, common sense would lead me to believe a woman is just as likely as a man to sin and stray from Yehovah’s commandments. Without understanding what the literal Hebrew says or what the traditions of the rabbi’s say about this subject, I think it is more than reasonable to come to this conclusion just using basic practical reasoning. I hope this blesses ones that are praying and diligently seeking to obey Yehovah and His commands…In Yeshua, Tony V

  7. Berekhyahu says

    wheh you think of the four corners, think of the four corners of the world (all directions/all around)

  8. Berekhyahu says

    Is it possible that when Jacob W. Davis invented the first riveted blue jeans marketed under the Levi Strauss name, that the denim (white threads wrapped with blue threads) was a crypto tzitzit?

  9. Paul says

    Why do we need them if the law is written on our hearts? Can these pieces of material actually keep a person from sinning? I think not, I believe that they encourage us or remind us, perhaps like the cross necklace, but even that will not stop people sinning I believe.

  10. Michael Booth says

    some thoughts on the Tallit which carry the Tizt Tizt…………….Hebrew Prayer Shawl or Tallit. (symbolizing His mighty wings)
    The Prayer shawl or tallit is a special piece of apparel that YAHEWEH commanded the Israelites to make and wear, this garment or shawl was to remind the people of YAHWEH that HE was constantly with them, the shawl itself was not a magical piece of cloth but a statement of faith, and each part of the Tallit had particular meaning.
    The tallit has special twined and knotted fringes known as Tzitzit attached to its four corners; the number of these knots are, the number of letters in God’s name in the Hebrew language. For the language in itself is very special, as it is the language God created the universe with, and the language Yahovah will use when He deals with the sins of man, in the next and future millennium. The tassels are also referred to as wings, Gods wings or His covering, protection, Love, assurance, and healing as in:
    Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear ( respect, honour) 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.

    Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings (Hold them close to Me), and ye would not!

    Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    Psa 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, (Hide me in your love)

    Psa 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. (Trust)

    Psa 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings ( sanctuary)will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

    Psa 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. ( Assurance) Selah.

    Psa 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. (there is peace and thanks giving)

    Psa 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings ( safty)shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

    God commanded His people to make a garment with fringes and blue twined through it, these garments are still worn today by devout Jews and Messianic believers.
    Num 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribbon of blue:
    Num 15:39 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 seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
    Deu 22:12 Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.

    Jesus was known to wear one of these shawls, one such scripture in the bible that tells us this, is when the woman with an issue of blood touch the tassels of the hem of his garment

    Mat 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
    Mat 9:21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
    Mat 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
    Also when Jesus said;
    Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
    He was referring to wanting to wrap the people of Jerusalem up in His Tallit, His shawl, to gather then under His wings.
    The Shawl its self has no magical powers, it is just cloth with tassels, but it represents the Faith we can have in His protective and Healing Hands, the Healing that he has in His wings.
    Mal 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.

    I believed that this garment is the one the Roman soldiers cast dice for at the foot of the Cross;

    Joh 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

    This garment must have had some reputation of value, as by this time at the foot of the Cross, all Yahushua’s garments would have been very bloody and tattered, and of little value, unless the tallit had a reputation when touch by a person needing a miracle, and this I believe the soldiers knew and maybe even saw happen. Such as in this account of Yahushua healing the twelve year old girl, I believe here Yahushua first wrapped the girl in His tallit and then call her to rise up.

    And something I found later after I sent out an email about the book of Ruth: when the Bible says Boaz put his skirt over Ruth, that word skirt is a bad translation, the word actually should be he put his rug or shawl over her, his “Tallit” and could be translated as he put his WINGS over her. Picture Boaz as a type of Yahushua and then think what it means to have His wings over you.

    Mar 5:38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
    Mar 5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
    Mar 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
    Mar 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

    Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. His wings

    And the secret place where we go to pray is when the believer covers his or her head with the Tallit, and holds onto the tassels and prays to the God of creation Yahovah-Yahushua (the God who is our salvation and deliverance).

  11. Baruch Cantor says

    Another potential reason as to why woman don’t wear them in Judaism, let alone anywhere else is due to the fact that they have Nidah…..Also, Jono, it would depend on what perspective you are going to look at it from…..Shalom my friend.

  12. YoAv says

    The power of Tzitzit cannot keep one from sinning, just like the painted lines of a road, cannot stop a vehicle from changing lanes. Unlike a ‘cross’ – this is a command of Yehovah. It is an outward expression of an inward commitment. We are reminded of the authority of Yehovah, when we brush our Tzitzit with our fingers or catch a glimpse of them in a mirror or when someone inquires of your “1960s hippie tassels.”

    Is it a sin, when the children of Israel do not wear Tzitzit?

    In the 1950s/60s — American English had the same rule; the default gender was masculine for a mixed group, subject. Also, the unknown (not specified) gender defaulted to, ‘he.’

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