The Israelites were commanded by Moses to wear fringes tsitsith on each corner of the talith, a fringe or tassel, bound with a riband thread of symbolic blue; and as each fringe had eight threads and five knots to remind him that he was holy to God. These fringes usually hung down at the bottom of the robe; or hung over the shoulder where the robe was folded round the person. It was probably this one that the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus.

Before the age of twelve a boy was called katon, or little, henceforth he was gadol, or grown up and was treated more as a man; henceforth too, he began to wear the tephillin, or phylacteries, and was presented by his father in the synagogue on a Sabbath, which was called from this circumstance the shabbath tephillin.

According to some Rabbis, the most important of the great commandments is that about the tephillin and the tsitsith, the fringes and phylacteries. He who diligently observes it is regarded in the same light as it he had kept the whole Law. His prayer shawl is adorned with exceptionally long tassels, and his phylacteries were boxes containing passages from scripture and bound to his left arm and forehead with characteristic wide leather straps. The fringe upon the four corners of this garment, (mantle or cloak) together with the blue cord or ribband, was to remind people of the heavenly origin of His statutes.
[309, Numbers, 345, BD]

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