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What are Tzitzit?

There is a command in the book of Numbers to wear a tassel on the 4 corners of our garments. The purpose of this is to be a physical, tangible, constant reminder to remember the instructions of God. These have become known as “tsitsit” or “tzitzit” (צִיצִת), which is simply the Hebrew word for it. Here is where it started:

37 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 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 the LORD 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 God.
Numbers 15:37-40

And it repeats here:

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

This time, the word translated as “tassels” is a different word. it is “gedeelim” (גְּדִלִים) and it literally means “twisted threads”. This is where the idea of having knots in tzitzit comes from.

Believe it or not, these are a notable part of Jesus' ministry. It begins with this prophecy by Malachi: "But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings" 
Malachi 4:2).

“Wings” comes from “kanaph” (כָּנָף) and it means an extremity. Assuming that this verse is in reference to Messiah, there is only one thing that could be on the extremity of the Messiah. The tsitsit. This is later confirmed in the gospels:

20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
Matthew 9:20

Again, the only thing that could be on the fringe of his garment, is the tsitsit. Here it is again:

53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
Mark 6:53-56 (see also Matthew 14:34-36)

This also shows up in prophecy still yet to come:

23 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
Zechariah 8:23

The word translated “sleeve” is the same word used for “wing”, “kanaph” (כָּנָף) and again is in reference to the tzitzit. This is a big deal. This tells usthere will be a time, perhaps our time, that the gentiles will go to the Jews and ask to learn from them. That alone should speak volumes.