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 garments: “And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray” (Numbers...
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