Numbers 15:38
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38  Speak to B’nei Yisrael and instruct them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout the ages; let them attach a cord of blue to the fringe at each corner.

da-BAYR el b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL v’-a-mar-TA a-lay-HEM v’-a-SU la-HEM tzee-TZIT al kan-FAY vig-day-HEM l’-do-ro-TAM v’-na-t’-NU al tzee-TZIT ha-ka-NAF p’-TEEL t’-KHAY-let

לח  דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם וְעָשׂוּ לָהֶם צִיצִת עַל־כַּנְפֵי בִגְדֵיהֶם לְדֹרֹתָם וְנָתְנוּ עַל־צִיצִת הַכָּנָף פְּתִיל תְּכֵלֶת׃

 15:38   A cord of blue

The biblical blue color techelet (תכלת) is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. Rashi explains that this color, worn on the fringes known as tzitzit (ציצית) placed on the corners of four-cornered garments, is meant to remind us of the sky, and, by extension, of Hashem and His constant presence in our lives. For close to fifteen hundred years, the source of this special blue dye had been lost to the world. In an exciting discovery in recent years, marine biologists together with Talmudic researchers have identified the source of techelet as a small snail found off the coast of northern Israel, near Haifa. Today, for the first time in centuries, people are once again wearing techelet on their tzitzit. From even the smallest sea creature, we continue to see the wonders of the Bible come to life in Eretz Yisrael.

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  • As I read I notice time and time again about the 'sojourners, the strangers etc' one would think that in the desert only the children of Israel walked there, but apparently not. Traders? maybe even spies, to see the strength of the B'nei Yisrael or sensing danger aligned themselves with Moses, knowing there is safety in numbers for whatever reason, the desert was obviously a busy place.

  • Amazing that God saw it fit to give us a reminder of Him. Nature surely lets us see His Hand in creation.

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Numbers 15:38

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