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Out of the Blue Parashat Shelach Lecha

Fulfilling the biblical commandment involving the fringes, explains Rabbi Meir, enables every Jew to have an intensive mystical, sensory experience of welcoming the divine presence every day. This is far reaching reduction of the commandment.

In the final passage of this week’s Torah reading, God commands the Children of Israel to tie p’teel techelet ‏(a thread of blue‏) onto their...