Mitzvos that Provide Uniform and Identification
They shall prepare fringes for themselves on the corners of their
garments for generations.... (Bemidbar 15:38)
Any garment that has four corners must have fringes attached to it. This
is a unique mitzvah, which is considered equal to all others (Menachos
43b) and which reminds us of all the others, as the Torah states, “You
shall see it and remember all of the commandments of Hashem” (Bemidbar
In order to gain this benefit, we need to train ourselves to look at the
tzitzis and link them to a particular mitzvah or Torah teaching (Rav A.
Miller, Awake My Glory, p. 300).
The Gemara (Shabbos 32b) teaches that one who is careful with the mitzvah
of tzitzis will merit beautiful garments and will also merit to have
twenty-eight hundred servants. Why specifically twenty-eight hundred? The
answer is that tzitzis serve as a reminder that we are Hashem’s servants.
Thus, He will reward us with ten servants from each of the seventy
nations, for each of the four corners of tzitzis. (10 from each nation
equals 700, and 700 times 4 corners of the tzitzis equals 2,800.)
One who puts his tzitzis over his eyes when saying the parashah of tzitzis
will be saved from eye ailments (Mishnah Berurah 24:7).
Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.