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    Tzitzit & the environment – Sh’lach L’cha

    At the end of the portion (Num. 15:37-41) comes the command to place fringes upon the corners of our garments.

    This is part of the Torah’s law of the environment.

    The immediate environment of an Israelite was the human body, sanctified to God’s service by the laws of circumcision for males and immersion for women.

    The next layer of the environment was one’s clothing, dedicated to God by the law of tzitzit.

    The third level of the environment was the house, hallowed by the m’zuzah and the privacy laws that kept people from looking into other people’s homes.

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