Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Who should wear Tzitzit?

Who should wear Tzitzit? Should women wear tzitzit? Let's take a look at the original text:
YLT Num 15:37 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 
YLT Num 15:38 'Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, and they have made for themselves fringes on the skirts of their garments, to their generations, and they have put on the fringe of the skirt a ribbon of blue, 
YLT Num 15:39 and it hath been to you for a fringe, and ye have seen it, and have remembered all the commands of Jehovah, and have done them, and ye search not after your heart, and after your eyes, after which ye are going a-whoring; 
YLT Num 15:40 so that ye remember and have done all My commands, and ye have been holy to your God; 
YLT Num 15:41 I am Jehovah your God, who hath brought you out from the land of Egypt to become your God; I, Jehovah, am your God.'
As you can see from the verses above, the text clearly states "sons". This is because the word "בני" (bni) is most certainly masculine, even the Masoretic Pointing says that it is masculine noun. In all places in the Torah where this word is used it is always masculine, so it most certainly refers only to men.

However, women are ALSO REQUIRED TO WEAR TZITZIT. The whole point of Tzitzit is to remind us about the commandments of God, so it would be strange that women would be excluded from this commandment. This is confirmed by Leviticus 11:2, Exodus 31:13, Leviticus 23:2 where the same terminology (sons of Israel) is used, yet no one would think that these commands apply only to men. Therefore, even though the commandment is addressed to men, we are to understand that it applies BOTH TO MEN AND WOMEN !!!

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