Tzitzit / Fringes / Tassels — What Should They Look Like?

We see the command for the Tassels (or “Fringes”) in Numbers/Bemidbar 15:38-40 and in Deuteronomy/Debarim 22:12.

Now when people do this command, they generally copy the Jewish practice, which results in something which looks like this:

There is generally a pattern done to bind a certain number of windings in blue to numerically write out YHWH’s name, and the remaining cord is left to hang. As much of a sign of one’s love for YHWH it may be to wish to do this, it is a true sign of love for YHWH to do what He said, for there is greater meaning in His commands than our traditions. In the Hebrew text, we can look at the words used to describe the fringe and its design.

Numbers 15:38-40
The word translated as “Fringe” is ציצת “Tsitsit” and comes from the word ציצ “Tsits”, which means “Flower, bloom, or wing”, which makes ציצת to mean “a flower-like or wing-like semblance” Additionally, this word can be written as ציצית, which means “little flower” or “little wing”.

Now in Deuteronomy 22:12 we see the word “tassels” is translated from the word “גדלים” which is plural for גדל which means “Braid, enlarge, lengthen, twist, grow” So גדלים means to make multiple braids, twists, lengths, extensions, etc.

If we are to follow the commands of YHWH, we should end up with a puffy, flower-like thing, or wing like spread which is bound to a braid with blue in it, which dangles from the clothing.

Examples of Scriptural Tassels

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Floral end of a blue and white braided tassel

 

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Full array of blue and white fringes (which each hang from individual braids)

 

 These tassels are along the whole hem, as well as on the borders girdle, from which also hangs long cords with floral fluffs.
Tassels can be seen by the ankles of the two people on the right (The Assyrian on the left can be seen with an exaggerated wing version, as the Turah was once given to all mankind by YHWH, and so all mankind had various memories of the Turah of his Creator) 
Here we see garments which have all the lapels and bottom hems lined with small fringes

There is no set number to how many tassels one should have. Just because people make only four (as to the four corners) does not mean there are only to be four, as they are supposed to be on the extremity of ones clothes (four corners), and they very well can be made to surround the entirety of ones garment, and well as line the sleeves and lapels, etc. They do not have to have white in them; the only requirement is blue. They do not have to be extremely long, nor do they have to be any particular length; only, they should be extensions.

However, the floral/winglike nature is important to retain, as is the braid, along with the blue, for these are all reminders of YHWH: The flowers are as the flowers of the lamp-stand, and the almond flower which blossomed from Aharon’s staff, and are to remind us of our fleeting nature, as the flowers of they field. The wing-like nature is to remind us of the heavenly beings, YHWH’s heavenly servants, which bear their wings, and are the agents of YHWH’s work on earth (see 1 Enoch for great detail on this). The braids are as the braiding of the hair for the Nazarite (which are left to go wild and grow large and long). The blue is to remind us of the Sapphire, the stone of YHWH’s throne, the rod of Adam, and likely the stone tablets which the commands were once written on (The hebrew word for Sapphire is, in fact, ספיר or “Sephyir” which is derived from the word ספר “sepher” which means “write, document, inscribe”, and thus makes the word ספיר “Sephyir” to mean something along the lines of something written upon, or that which incurs the action of writing, etc. making the sapphire stone the “stone of writing”). As well, these tassels must be worn at all times when wearing clothes and not only in the form of a temporary prayer shawl for dispersed “spiritual” moments of the day. And women must wear them, too. Nowhere does YAH say this command is only for men.

Albeit one may say that this is being too legalistic: claiming that the fringes must be made in such a manner as what has been described—we must remember: we cannot simply look at the simple English translations “fringes” and “tassels” and assume that what the Jewish people are doing must be the correct way. We must know what YHWH’s own explicit instructions were in His Turah, not man’s actions. And though it may seem that of all commandments to study into the proper way of doing, the fringes should be left important and let worthy of attention; still we must remember that it was the very disdain for this seemingly trivial and absurd commandment of fluffy, braided, blue-lined fringes which got a man named Korah, and his family, swallowed alive into a portal to Sheol, for he too believed that this was silly and deserved no attention (Numbers 16:1-40).

However, the truth is, this command is severely important to do truly as YHWH commanded, because it was to be a sign for us to remember his commandments, to do them all as He commanded. So what does it say of our spirit if we refuse to properly follow the command which was to physically represent our proper conscious devotion to the following of YHWH? If we say we do not care about how to follow this command according to YHWH’s words, then essentially, we say so of all of the Turah.

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