A Look into Biblical References on Who Wore Tzittzityot

A Look into Biblical References on Who Wore Tzittzityot

It is a positive commandment, and that's something really important to keep in mind while studying Torah. Looking at the commandment, in Numbers/Bamidbar (בַּמִּדְבָּר) Chapter 15 verses 37-40:

37The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying, 38"Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue."

Here it is, in lexicon format:

As well as the Strong's definition of the word that everyone brings into question, or gets hung up on the most. Which is, "ben" or it's plural form here, which is "benei":



Then we see it again, as a reminder in Deuteronomy / Devarim (דברים) Chapter 18 verse 12:

12"You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.

The application (in context) to the framework, in how the word is used in Numbers Chapter 15 is VERY SPECFIC but also VERY DIFFERENT from how it's used in other passages.

Remember that thing about positive/negative commandments? Here's one that is negative, but really important to keep in mind about this topic - because it tell us how god feels about the clothes we wear, in Deuteronomy 22 verse 5:

5"A woman shall not wear man's clothing,nor shall a man put on a woman's clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.

Now, with that in mind (again, this is just my opinion) - Using scripture to support the point of view that I hold to, that tzitzityot are for men;

Yeshua points out that the scribes and the Pharisees (who were all men) were wearing them, in the book of Matthew Chapter 23 verses 1-5:

1Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2saying:"The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3therefore all that they tell you, do and observe,but do not do according to their deeds; for they say[things] and do not do[them].4"They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with [so much as] a finger. 5"But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels [of their garments].

We also see it iterated many times that Yeshua wore them as well (). The reasons are clear enough for me, based on the passages of scripture I've referenced, to hold to my point of view just using scripture.

Just for transparency, and to give credit where credit is due, here are the resources I've used that weren't already cited:

Customs Regarding the Tallit and Tzitzit

Tzitzit and the Reminder of Responsibility

Of Hems and Tassels > Jacob Milgram

Thanks for taking the time to consider the info here in this blog post! I hope it blesses you.