A Selection of Aggadaic Sayings about Tzitzit
With the tzitzit, as with the brass snake, “every one that is bitten, when he sees it he shall live.”
— Zohar III 175a.
Said Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: When a person rises in the morning and dons the tefillin and tzitzit … the Divine Presence dwells upon this person and proclaims: “You are My servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified!”
— Zohar Chadash, Terumah 41d.
Whoever observes the mitzvah of tzitzit, regarding him it is said (Zechariah 8:23): “In those days, when ten men of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the corners of the garment of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that G-d is with you.'”
— Sifri Numbers 115.
“The L-rd desires for the sake of Israel’s righteousness to make the Torah great and glorious” (Isaiah 42:21). G-d did not leave anything in His world which does not involve a mitzvah for Israel. Humans wear clothing, so G-d commanded to attach tzitzit to their garments.
— Midrash Rabbah Numbers 17:7.
G-d told Abraham: “You told the king of Sodom, ‘Neither from a thread to a shoe strap, nor will I take from whatever is yours’ (Genesis 14:23). I swear that as a reward I will give your children the mitzvah of the tzitzit thread.”
— Midrash Rabbah Genesis 43:13.