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Man holding Tzitzit with Tekhelet on it

Parashat Shelach – What is the Tekhelet All About

Parashat Shelach – What is the Tekhelet All About

Greenberg, Rabbi Zushe
June 16, 2023

How do the strings of the tzitzit remind of those of the mitzvot? The job of a string, of a rope, is to tie two things together; it connects them…

As chassidus explains, a mitzvah is from the root “tzavta”, meaning connection, coming together, uniting. When we do a mitzvah, for example, putting up a mezuzah on the door, we connect the house with God. We recognize that the house belongs to God. When we make a blessing over a cup of water, we acknowledge that the cup of water was created by God. When we give tzedaka, we recognize that the money we made is from God, so we give some charity.

In these moments, we are not only making a connection between God and us, we are connecting the world to God.

The mitzvot, the strings, “tie” God with the world, “sewing” the two together, so to speak. A Jew, by performing mitzvot, is like a tailor who sews materiality and connects it with the Spiritual. In doing that, we recognize that everything is from God. This humility allows room for connection.


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