How to make braided chains (tzitzits), tying instructions for men and women

June 1, 2016
Faith matters

In our walk with Yahuah, we want to be faithful to Yahuah's Instructions (Torah). Braided chains (Tzitzits are braided chains, not tassels or fringes) are an important precept given by our Creator to remind us of his Instructions. There are many tying instructional videos and articles out there but most of these seem to be overly complicated. It's my understanding that complicated designs are rooted in the customs of the tradition of the Pharisees who made most precepts of Yahuah's Instructions more complicated and burdensome for people. This post is an attempt to keep Yahuah's simple Instructions simple and show you how to tie your own braided chains easily and cheaply. Keeping this commandment is easy and affordable for anyone wishing to obey. (braided chains tying instructional video at the end of this post)

This is a long post not because what I'm describing is difficult but because I'm giving lots of background information and scriptural references to back up the measures, colors and braiding pattern I'm going to use. If you're not interested in these just skip to the tying instructional video at the end of this post.

Braided chains are to remind us of Yahuah's commandments

Yahuah spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves braided chains in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the braided chains of each border a cord of blue: and it shall be to you for braided chains, that you may look on it, and remember all Yahuah’s commandments, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute; that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am Yahuah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yahuah your God.”

- Numbers 15:37-41

As we can see from the verse above the braided chains are to remind us of Yahuah's commandments to do them. I remind myself to collect elderflower in my yearly calendar, I remind myself with sticky notes to fix the gutter and remind myself with printed out quotes on how to stay effective in my work. We remind ourselves with tangible symbols of less important things than Yahuah commandments. The watch you're wearing, the ring on your finger, your necklace or bracelet, even the logo on your shoes - all these items remind you of something. Should we not remind us of Yahuah's commandments - especially, as He commanded so? It's a no-brainer.

If you were constantly reminded about Yahuah's Instructions, would you lie? If you were constantly reminded about Yahuah's Instructions, would you eat pork?

Yahuah's Instructions are written on the heart through the new covenant but the physical braided chains remind us visually, if we forgot.

In our busy lives, it's easy to forget what matters most: how to please our Master. Every morning as I put on my braided chains I remember Yahuah's instructions. Ever time I walk outside I see the braided chains wave and remind me to keep His commandments. Every time I go to the toilet and undo the buttons on my trousers I see the braided chains and I'm reminded to walk as He walked. Every night as I go to sleep and take off my trousers and put the braided chains next to my bed I remember to stay in His precepts. His ways are wonderful! Our father gave us His instructions and made it easy for us to remember them.

Yahusha wore braided chains

When you read that they touched "the hem of his garment", "the border of his garment", "the fringe of his garment", "the tassel of his garment" depending on the translation it all refers to the braided chains. Not grown up in a Hebrew environment we just see that the people touched a little portion of his garment and were healed. It takes some insight into Yahuah's Instructions and some research to understand that what they touched was the braided chains (tzitzit) of Yahusha's garment.

The point of the matter is: Yahusha wore braided chains.

A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any, came behind him, and touched the braided chains of his cloak, and immediately the flow of her blood stopped.

- Luke 8:43-44

Behold, a woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the braided chains of his garment; for she said within herself, “If I just touch his garment, I will be made well.”
But Yahusha, turning around and seeing her, said, “Daughter, cheer up! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

- Matthew 9:20-22

When they had come out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, and ran around that whole region, and began to bring those who were sick, on their mats, to where they heard he was. Wherever he entered, into villages, or into cities, or into the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch just the braided chains of his garment; and as many as touched him were made well.

- Mark 6:54-56

When the people of that place recognized him, they sent into all that surrounding region, and brought to him all who were sick, and they begged him that they might just touch the braided chains of his garment. As many as touched it were made whole.

- Matthew 14:35-36

Wearing braided chains is not just a Jewish custom. It's a commandment from Yahuah's Instructions. Yahusha said that we shall keep even least commandments. Whether we feel this is a small, medium or great commandment, we shall still keep it.

Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

- Matthew 5:19

Since Yahusha the Anointed King did not sin (sin is the transgression of the Instruction) he satisfied this commandment, too. After all, he is the Way, Truth and Life.

Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness.

- 1 John 3:4

For to this you were called, because the Anointed King also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, who did not sin, “neither was deceit found in his mouth.”

- 1 Peter 2:21-22

Not wearing braided chains is a sin (transgressing Yahuah's Instructions).

The length shall be sufficient to be seen by you

My braided chains are long enough for me see them.

We have no measures given by Yahuah's Instructions but what we do know is that we shall make it long enough to be visible for us. We must see them in order to remember his Instructions. Its length shall be so that it would be visible under a T-shirt, shirt or sweater. If it wasn't long enough it would be covered by our clothing and we could not look on it. And that's the whole point: to look on it and remember his Instructions.

Yahuah spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves braided chains in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the braided chains of each border a cord of blue: and it shall be to you for braided chains, that you may look on it, and remember all Yahuah’s commandments, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute; that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am Yahuah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yahuah your God.”

Numbers 15:37-41

But we should not make it overly long either. If it was too long it would be impractical in our daily lives. We'd be caught up by elevators/lifts, car doors, public transportation, riding our bicycles etc. It could potentially cause us to fell over and get harmed and certainly, this is not what our Father in heaven wants for his children. Not only that but it's also hypocritical to wear overly long braided chains. Yahusha warned us against this hypocritical practice of the Pharisees. Indeed, it would be a heavy burden to bear.

Then Yahusha spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses’ seat. All things therefore whatever he tells you to observe, observe and do, but don’t do their works; for they say, and don’t do. For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad, enlarge the braided chains of their garments, and love the place of honor at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’ by men.

Matthew 23:1-7

Most of my T-shirt and sweaters reach just below my loins area. And I observed that most people, both men and women clothe similarly. I wanted my design to be applicable for most people (both men and women). This is why I wanted my braided chains to reach just above my knees, this is to take into account longer sweaters and T-shirts. The length should be also accommodating the length loss we will end up with after braiding. Most often we'll attach the braided chains to a belt or holes in the garment so we need loops with which we can attach them and this will again shorten them. We'll also lose some length after making a knot at the end of each braided chain.

I prayed for the leading of the Set Apart spirit before setting the measures. I was led to set the length of the threads to 70cm. This is a symbolic number in the Scriptures, found 96 times. Here are some of the instances we find for the number 70.

The sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two souls. All the souls of the house of Jacob, who came into Egypt, were seventy.

- Genesis 46:27

They came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water, and seventy palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

- Exodus 15:27

He said to Moses, “Come up to Yahuah, you, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship from a distance.

- Exodus 24:1

The brass of the offering was seventy talents, and two thousand four hundred shekels.

- Exodus 38:29

Yahusha said to him, “I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.

- Matthew 18:22

Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place, where he was about to come.

- Luke 10:1

The finished braided chains will be about 44cm long (after losing length due braiding, using to 2 knots and a loop). Again a symbolical number in the Scriptures. The word "fourty-four" is found 10 times in the Scriptures.

The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skillful in war, were forty-four thousand seven hundred sixty, that were able to go out to war.

- 1 Chronicles 5:18

I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel:

- Revelation 7:4

Its wall is one hundred forty-four cubits, by the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

- Revelation 21:17

These are not the only measures you can use. These is the measures I was led by the Set Apart Spirit to do my braided chains. You may want to follow my example as I try to follow the examples of Yahusha and walk as he walked. Or you may want to come up with your own measures. We have no measures set in the scriptures, so we are free to tie our braided chains as long as we wish except that it may not be too short or too long (see what I wrote earlier).

Tie the braided chain with a cord of blue

Royal blue thread used for embroidery, 8m long, 100% cotton.
Yahuah spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves braided chains in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the braided chains of each border a cord of blue: and it shall be to you for braided chains, that you may look on it, and remember all Yahuah’s commandments, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute; that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am Yahuah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yahuah your God.”

Numbers 15:37-41

As I researched the color blue I realized that there's a bit of confusion in the translations. The Hungarian Scriptures translate it as "violet" and the Czech Scriptures as "purple". Strong's concordance definition is not absolutely clear either.

The word translated here as "blue" is the Hebrew word

תְּכֵלֶת

transliterated to English as

tekeleth

תְּכֵלֶת tᵉkêleth, tek-ay'-leth; probably for H7827; the cerulean mussel, i.e. the color (violet) obtained therefrom or stuff dyed therewith:—blue.

- Strong's

According to Strong's concordance, it could both violet or blue.

So is it violet, purple or blue? The verse below talks the color blue, purple and scarlet as distinct colors. So we must differentiate between violet, purple and blue.

“You shall make a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cherubim. The work of the skillful workman shall it be made.

- Exodus 26:31

The word translated as "blue" is once again the Hebrew word "tekeleth" (transliterated) but the word translated as "purple" is the Hebrew word is "argaman" (transliterated). Purple (argaman) and blue (tekeleth) are not the same colors. So I concluded based on this verse that it is indeed a blue cord that we shall tie into the braided chain. Now the question is what shade of blue? Does it really matter?

As I went to buy the threads to my local fabric supplies store I prayed that the Set Apart Spirit would show me the color I should be using. I went into the shop and found the dark "royal blue" the most appealing. I bought it and as I left the shop I was looking at the Allianz (tm) logo (seen below). I was looking and looking like if it was something interesting, and then it occurred to me that they use the same blue color I bought. I concluded that this was a sign and confirmation about the shade of blue color I should be using.

Credits: Wikipedia

The Pharisees (Orthodox Rabbis) don't tie a cord of blue into their braided chains because they claim that the specific dye of blue that is to be used is lost. This is nonsense. There's no specific instruction of how the blue cord is to be dyed or what shade of blue is to be used as long as it's blue. The royal blue is what the Set Apart Spirit showed me to use for myself but you may want choose another blue of your liking. Point is you shall be using a blue cord according to Scripture.

The blue color (tekeleth) is used throughout the Set Apart Scriptures and usually symbolizes royalty and being set apart. That's why I think that the royal blue is perfect for this purpose. It's even in the name.

Credits: DuckDuckGo

The Karaite Jews (Faithful to Scripture Jews) use a similar Royal Blue color.

Credits: Karaite Corner
Credits: Kraite Corner

Here are some examples of the color blue as the color of royalty and being set apart. But again you may want to use another shade of blue.

Mordecai went out of the presence of the king in royal clothing of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a robe of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and was glad.

Esther 8:15

and shall put a covering of sealskin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall put in its poles.

- Numbers 4:6

“On the table of show bread they shall spread a blue cloth, and put on it the dishes, the spoons, the bowls, and the cups with which to pour out; and the continual bread shall be on it.

- Numbers 4:7

“They shall take a blue cloth, and cover the lamp stand of the light, and its lamps, and its snuffers, and its snuff dishes, and all its oil vessels, with which they minister to it.

- Numbers 4:9

He made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and ornamented it with cherubim.

- 2 Chronicles 3:14

More examples (scroll down to the section titled "Concordance Results Using NKJV")

The other colors may be white or other colors

Pure white thread used for embroidery, 8m long, 100% cotton.

Some people, mainly Pharisees use braided chains made solely from white threads. As discussed above this has no scriptural basis and is a tradition of men. As you can see above the Karaite Jews also use white for the other color of the braided chain. I personally find that credible and confirming my choice for white as the second color.

For a crash course in Phariseeism watch this video:

 

In the Scriptures white symbolizes purity, light and royalty. The word "white" is found 75 times in the Scriptures. Here are some examples:

Mordecai went out of the presence of the king in royal clothing of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a robe of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and was glad.

Esther 8:15

The house of Israel called its name Manna, and it was like coriander seed, white; and its taste was like wafers with honey.

- Exodus 16:31

Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

- Psalm 51:7

Let your garments be always white, and don’t let your head lack oil.

- Ecclesiastes 9:8

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says Yahuah:
“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

- Isaiah 1:18

I saw until thrones were placed, and one who was ancient of days sat: his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels burning fire.

- Daniel 7:9

Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand.

- Daniel 12:10

He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.

- Matthew 17:2

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna,and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows but he who receives it.

- Revelation 2:17

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

- Revelation 7:9

I told him, “My lord, you know.”
He said to me, “These are those who came out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes, and made them white in the Lamb’s blood.

Revelation 7:14

I saw a great white throne, and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. There was found no place for them.

- Revelation 20:11

That said, the Scriptures don't define the other colors of which the braided chain shall be tied of. It only specifies that the braided chain shall have one blue cord in it. You could potentially think of purple, crimson, scarlet etc as other colors.

Here are some examples for potential other symbolic colors:

They shall spread on them a scarlet cloth, and cover the same with a covering of sealskin, and shall put in its poles.

- Numbers 4:8

He made the veil of blue, and purple, and crimson, and fine linen, and ornamented it with cherubim.

2 Chronicles 3:14

“You shall make a veil of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cherubim. The work of the skillful workman shall it be made.

Exodus 26:31

“Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains; of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, with cherubim. The work of the skillful workman you shall make them.

- Exodus 26:1

In summary, I find that white is the best and most authentic choice for the other colors of the braided chain as it has a very significant symbolical meaning, it's also used by the Karaite Jews tho try to be faithful to the Scriptures (unlike the Pharisees), and it also accentuates the color blue very well. However, the Scriptures do not define the other colors we can use.

The tying should not be too difficult

Simple 3 strand braid is all you need for a nice looking Scriptural braided chain.

Yahuah said that his commandments are not too hard.

For this commandment which I command you today is not too hard for you or too distant.

- Deuteronomy 30:11

I believe that the Pharisees and make it too hard for the people.

Then Yahusha spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses’ seat. All things therefore whatever he tells you to observe, observe and do, but don’t do their works; for they say, and don’t do. For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad, enlarge the braided chains of their garments, and love the place of honor at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’ by men.

Matthew 23:1-7

It appears to me that not only did the Pharisees enlarge their braided chains back then but contemporary Pharisees make the tying extremely complicated, too. Here's a traditional Pharisee / Orthodox Jewish Rabbi braided chain. Notice the pattern of tying. Also, notice that they don't use a blue thread and thus breaking the commandment.

Credits: Wikipedia

There's no tying pattern specified in the commandment so I thought I could use the simplest tying pattern the braid. Braiding from 3 lines (plait) is something anyone can do. Most women and girls already know how to do this for their hair. It's very easy to learn for men, too. I'll be showing you on the video how to do it at the end of the post.

You may want to use another braiding pattern and differ from the numbers I'm going to use. I tried to make my braided chains easy to tie and yet full of symbols.

5 threads for the 5 books of Moses

Since the threads I bought were relatively thin I had to fold them to make them thicker.

These are the 5 threads I took:

  1. blue 140cm folded = 70cm
  2. ‍white 140cm folded = 70cm
  3. ‍white 70cm
  4. ‍white 70cm
  5. ‍white 70cm

All together 5 threads. 5 is a symbolic number in the Scriptures. The word "five" is found 272 times in the Scriptures. Here are some examples:

There are 5 books of Moses (The Instructions - Torah) - which remind me on the commandments.

He sent portions to them from before him, but Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as any of theirs. They drank, and were merry with him.

- Genesis 43:34

“If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it, or sells it; he shall pay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.

- Exodus 22:1

Five curtains shall be coupled together to one another; and the other five curtains shall be coupled to one another.

- Exodus 26:3

Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

- Leviticus 26:8

“‘When you come into the land, and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as uncircumcised. Three years they shall be uncircumcised to you. It shall not be eaten. But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be set apart, for giving praise to Yahuah. In the fifth year you shall eat its fruit, that it may yield its increase to you. I am Yahuah your God.

- Leviticus 19:23-25

He took about five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city.

- Joshua 8:12

They told him, “We only have here five loaves and two fish.”

- Matthew 14:17

Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

- Matthew 14:21

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

- Matthew 25:1-2

He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents besides them.’

- Matthew 25:20

But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

- Acts 4:4

3 strands for the Father, the Son and the Set Apart Spirit

So I took the 5 threads and separated them to 3 strands for tying a simple 3 strand braid (or plait). This is how I did it:

  • ‍blue 140cm folded = 70cm
  • ‍white 140cm folded = 70cm
  • white 70cm X 3 (take these 3 threads as one)

You take these 3 strands and tie a simple braid as this (It's a video made by someone else and it shows how to tie a simple 3 strand braid.):

 

I let the fold be on the top so that at the end of the braided line I would have a set of single hanging threads.

The 3 threads symbolize the Father, the Son and the Set Apart Spirit and the one braided chain that comes out of the three lines symbolizes their oneness. They are one but have three sides. Yahuah, Yahusha and the Set Apart Spirit are one.

3 is a symbolic number in the Scriptures. The word "three" is found 434 times in the Scriptures. Here are some examples:

He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

- Genesis 15:9

Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days.

- Genesis 40:12

Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.

- Exodus 10:22

Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord Yahuah, the God of Israel.

Exodus 34:23

There were six branches going out of its sides: three branches of the lamp stand out of its one side, and three branches of the lamp stand out of its other side:

- Exodus 37:18

If you said, “What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase”; then I will command my blessing on you in the sixth year, and it shall bear fruit for the three years.

- Leviticus 25:20-21

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

- Matthew 12:40

“If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother. But if he doesn’t listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

- Matthew 18:15-16

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the middle of them.”

- Matthew 18:20

For there are three who testify: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.

- 1 John 5:7-8

On the east were three gates; and on the north three gates; and on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

- Revelation 21:13

Seven threads for the seven spirits of God

7 threads will be seen at the end of the braided chain.

This is how you make the terminal knot:

You take all the strands as one, make a simple loop and you pull the end through the loop.
Then pull the end through the loop tight.

At the end of the braided chain there will be some single-hanging threads. The number of them is 7. The number seven is a symbolical number in the Scriptures. The word "seven" is found 598 times in the Scriptures. Here are some examples:

On the seventh day God finished his work which he had done; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy, because he rested in it from all his work of creation which he had done.

- Genesis 2:2-3

You shall take seven pairs of every clean animal with you, the male and his female. Of the animals that are not clean, take two, the male and his female.

- Genesis 7:2

In seven days, I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights. Every living thing that I have made, I will destroy from the surface of the ground.”

- Genesis 7:4

The ship rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on Ararat’s mountains.

- Genesis 8:4

The priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before Yahuah, before the veil of the sanctuary.

- Leviticus 4:6

but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to Yahuah. You shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.

- Leviticus 25:4

Yahusha said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”

- Matthew 15:34

John, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from God, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne;

- Revelation 1:4

“And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis write:
“He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars says these things:
“I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

- Revelation 3:1

I saw in the middle of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.

- Revelation 5:6

I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

- Revelation 8:2

Attach the braided chains to the four corners of your clothes

You shall make yourselves braided chains on the four corners of your cloak with which you cover yourself.

Deuteronomy 22:12

I tied a loop at the beginning of each the braided chain whit which I can easily attach them to my clothes. At the time of Moses, it was customary to wear clothes that had four corners. In the four corners, they had four holes to which they attached the braided chains.

This is how you make the loop:

‍Fold the top end of the braided chain at about 7 cm mark from the end.
‍Hold it folded in between your fingers.
‍Make a loop from this double folded strand.
‍Pull the folded end through the created loop.
Tighten the knot.

Nowadays, almost all clothes are round. It is possible to cut Sweaters and T-shirts at the seams and saw them back making 4 corners. It is also possible to buy T-shirts that are manufactured that way. Now all you need to do is punch four holes, one hole in each corner. You may want to saw the edges of the holes to make the holes last longer. You can also buy traditional Jewish four-cornered clothes, such as the Tallit Katan.

I like simple and affordable things. And buying traditional Jewish four-cornered clothes seems expensive. Also, I may make my T-shirts four cornered in the future but for the time being it seems like unnecessary hassle. We were commanded to wear braided chains on the four corners of our clothes and not that we shall have four cornered clothes. 

The easiest and most affordable solution I found was to use a belt for attaching the braided chains to. Belts can be worn by men, women and children alike. They are relatively inexpensive and most people already have one. Belts can be worn on trousers with and without belt loops and also used on top of tops (for women for example) - making braided chains universally applicable. Yes, belts don't have four corners, but you can put your braided chains to 4 positions like it was the 4 corners of a garment.

‍Wearing braided chains on trousers with belt loops under T-shirt.
‍Wearing braided chains on trousers with belt loops with tucked in T-shirt.
‍Wearing braided chains on trousers without belt loops under T-shirt.
‍Wearing braided chains on trousers without belt loops with tucked in T-shirt.

Women and children shall wear braided chains, too

It seems that there's an argument going on about whether women and children may wear braided chains. Let's look at the commandments again.

Yahuah spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves braided chains in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the braided chains of each border a cord of blue: and it shall be to you for braided chains, that you may look on it, and remember all Yahuah’s commandments, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute; that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am Yahuah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yahuah your God.”

Numbers 15:37-41

The Hebrew for "children of Israel" is "ben Yisrael". "Ben" means children or son, but in the widest sense it means everyone in the nation and this is how it's used here I believe.

בֵּן bên, bane; from H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.):

- Strong's

To prove this let's look at other verses that use the phrase "Speak to the children of Israel".

In this verse once again we read "ben Yisrael". If this phrase was to mean only men, consequently it would be fine for women to eat unclean animals, while it would have been prohibited for men to do the same. Does that make sense? Consider the fact that most women were involved in food preparation, which would have meant that they should have cooked meals from clean animals for the men in the family while they could have cooked meals from unclean animals for themselves. Makes no sense whatsoever. Both men and women, boys and girls everyone from the youngest to the oldest are required to abstain from eating unclean meat.

Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘These are the living things which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth.

- Leviticus 11:2

Once again, in this verse we read "ben Yisrael". Is it only men who may sin unintentionally? No. Both men and women, boys and girls everyone from the youngest to the oldest can sin unintentionally.

Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘If anyone sins unintentionally, in any of the things which Yahuah has commanded not to be done, and does any one of them:

- Leviticus 4:2

Therefore, both men and women, boys and girls everyone from the youngest to the oldest shall be wearing the braided chains.

Make your own braided chains (Tzitzit) tying instructional video

We are commanded to make ourselves our own braided chains. Not to buy it or that someone else makes it for us. I don't think it's a huge mistake, however, the most authentic interpretation in my understanding is to make it for ourselves. It's really not difficult to do and I'll show you how in the video below.

The most important thing is that you wear them according to the instructions and remember the commandments of God.

Yahuah spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves braided chains in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the braided chains of each border a cord of blue: and it shall be to you for braided chains, that you may look on it, and remember all Yahuah’s commandments, and do them; and that you not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you use to play the prostitute; that you may remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am Yahuah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am Yahuah your God.”

Numbers 15:37-41

You shall make yourselves braided chains on the four corners of your cloak with which you cover yourself.

Deuteronomy 22:12

In comparison, when something is not to be done by ourselves the Scriptures are clear to instruct us who shall do it on our behalves.

He shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it as the memorial portion, and burn it on the altar, on the offerings of Yahuah made by fire. It is a sin offering. The priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin that he has sinned in any of these things, and he will be forgiven; and the rest shall be the priest’s, as the meal offering.’”

- Leviticus 5:12-14

The Pharisees would want to bind heavy burdens on you and show you difficult tying instructions. Don't take their burdens.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

- Matthew 11:30

Here's a simple tying instructional video to show you how to tie your own braided chains (tzitzits):

 
Barnabas Nagy
Barnabas Nagy

I’m Barnabas, a servant of Yahuah, who loves writing songs and speaking about the truth. Together with my lovely wife I run a small homestead where we raise free range organic chicken, ducks and turkey. We also have a garden where we grow seasonal vegetable. Read more