Tzitzit and Purpose

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    • intomeaning 2 months ago

      The Gemara is Sotah 17b says: “Why particularly Tekhelet [for the mitzvah of tzitzit] from among all other colored materials? Because Tekhelet is similar to the sea, and the sea is similar to the sky, and the sky is similar to the Holy Throne”. To me, this Gemara speaks of tzitzit particularly the tkhelet (blue dyed string) helping one to understand the bigger picture, one’s role in the grand scheme of things, מה הוא? ולמה בא לעולם? “What is he and why did he come to the world?”

      Moreover, in the recitation of the shma, we say וּרְאִיתֶ֣ם אֹת֗וֹ וּזְכַרְתֶּם֙ אֶת־כׇּל־מִצְוֺ֣ת יְהֹוָ֔ה וַעֲשִׂיתֶ֖ם אֹתָ֑ם “And you will look at them (the tzitzit) and you will remember all the mitzvot (commandments) of Hashem and you will fulfill them. So the tzitzit connect one to the idea the Ramchal brings of מה מבקש ממנו מלך מלכי המלכים הקדוש ברוך הוא “What does the the King of kings, the Holy one blessed is He seek from him?” It also connects to ויבקש בלבבו, מה עשו הראשונים אבות העולם שכך חשק ה’ בהם? מה עשה משה רבינו עליו השלום?   This triggers the next pasuk in the recitation of the shma וְלֹֽא־***תָת֜וּרוּ אַחֲרֵ֤י לְבַבְכֶם֙ וְאַחֲרֵ֣י עֵֽינֵיכֶ֔ם “Then shall you not stray after your heart & your eyes whereafter you are wont to stray.” In this way, tzitzit serve to anchor one to their purpose without losing sight of what is most important.


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