May 052011

The following is a compilation of Talmudic and Midrashic sayings on the virtue of wearing tzitzits.

One who meticulously observes the mitzvah of tzitzit is rewarded with [the resources to afford] a nice wardrobe.

– Talmud Shabbat 23b

“This is my G‑d and I will beautify Him” (Exodus 15:2). Be beautiful before him with mitzvot … a beautiful tallit.

– Talmud Shabbat 133b

A Torah scholar must be proficient in the laws of tzitzit.

– Talmud Chulin 9a

G‑d told Abraham: “You told the king of Sodom, ‘Neither from a thread to a shoe strap, nor will I take from whatever is yours’ (Genesis 14:23). I swear that as a reward I will give your children the mitzvah of the tzitzit thread.”

– Midrash Rabbah Genesis 43:13

“The L-rd desires for the sake of Israel’s righteousness to make the Torah great and glorious” (Isaiah 42:21). G‑d did not leave anything in His world which does not involve a mitzvah for Israel. Humans wear clothing, so G‑d commanded to attach tzitzit to their garments.

– Midrash Rabbah Numbers 17:7

Whoever observes the mitzvah of tzitzit, regarding him it is said (Zechariah 8:23): “In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the corners of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that G‑d is with you.'”

– Sifri Numbers 115

The numerical value of the word tzitzit is 600, with eight strings and five knots — this equals 613, the amount of the commandments of the Torah.

– Pesikta Zutreta Shelach

Whoever observes the mitzvah of tzitzit, it is considered as if he has observed the entire Torah.

– ibid

Said Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: When a person rises in the morning and dons the tefillin and tzitzit … the Divine Presence dwells upon this person and proclaims: “You are My servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified!”

– Zohar Chadash, Terumah 41d

With the tzitzit, as with the brass snake, “every one that is bitten, when he sees it he shall live.”

– Zohar III 175a

This mitzvah of tzitzit is the equivalent of all the mitzvot combined.

– Talmud Menachos 43b

Whoever observes the mitzvah of tzitzit meticulously will be found worthy of beholding the Divine Presence.

– ibid

Rabbi Eliezer ben Yaakov said: He who has tefillin on his head and arm, tzitzit fringes on his garment, and a mezuzah on his doorway, presumably will not sin. As it is stated (Ecclesiastes 4:12), “a three-stranded cord will not quickly be broken.”

– ibid

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