Friday, December 5, 2008

On the fringe

Seen yesterday in the narrow lanes of an old Jerusalem neighborhood near the shuk.
Freshly laundered, just in time for Shabbat. Arba' kanfot (the "four-cornered garment") is also called tallit katan. Religious men and boys wear it all day in order to keep the commandment to wear a garment with tsitsit (fringes), written in Numbers 15:37-41 and Deuteronomy 22:12.
It is worn between the undershirt and the shirt, although some Chassidim have their arba' kanfot over the shirt.
Shabbat began so early today. The candles had to be lit at 3:59 (always must be at least 18 minutes before sunset).
Shabbat shalom, Sabbath peace to you.


bennie and patsy said...

Dina to you Shabbat Shalom.

Fida said...

I learn so much just by reading your blog...
...and I love those lanes...

richies said...

When the Sabbath starts so early in the winter months, I close my business early. Sundown here is now before 5:00 P.M.

Happy Sabbath you

An Arkie's Musings

JC said...

Peace to you.

Kay said...

You know, Dina, I thought your post was going to be about the interesting greenery on top of the roof.

Cloudia said...

Post-Shabbos Shalom & Aloha to YOU, Dina.

Indrani said...

Interesting to know your part of the world, Dina. I keep coming back.

Dr. Mooney said...

Thanks so much for your blog. As a Jew By Choice, I learn so much about Israel from you. Though I may never get there, I feel that it "has gotten to me"! We had beautiful, chilly weather (for us) here in Marietta, GA for Shabbat.

Suzanne said...

This reminds me of our "find" on our hike near your moshav.

Anders Branderud said...


There are many nice photos on your blog!!

I would like to comment about tzitzit:
In order to fulfill the mitzwah of wearing tzitzit, one must also include petil tekhelet.

And it is possibble to fulfill this mitzwah: "While Talmud describes the khi·laz·on′ as the proper source for t'kheilët dye, that doesn't logically preclude other dye sources—such as "kela ilan" (Indigofera tinctoria). The rabbis have illogically (read invalidly) inferred this from the Talmudic prohibition against selling Indigofera tinctoria-dyed materials at khi·laz·on′ -dye prices. Such rip-offs are clearly prohibited by Torâh. There is no prohibition against producing, selling, buying or wearing indigofera tinctoria-dyed materials as long as they aren't misrepresented as khilazon′ -dyed materials or prices." [Quote]

And haSheim requires of all of mankind to observe this mitzwah and many other mitzwot of the Torah. [Documentation]

Anders Branderud