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Zizit
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[German Version]

or fringes (Heb. ṣîṣit/tsitsit) are attached to the four ends of the Prayer shawl (tallit) as a reminder of God’s commandments. The custom of wearing these fringes or tassels is based on Num 15:37–41, a text that is also part of the Shema (esp. v. 38: “. . . . tell them to sew tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and to put a blue cord on the tassel at each corner”) and Deut 22:12 (“You shall make tassels on the four corners of the cloak with which you cover yourself ”); i…

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Herrmann, Klaus, “Zizit”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025255>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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