Together with friends here in Yerushalayim we are trying to raise money for a Tzitzit distribution as a Zechut for Gilad Shalit.
Tzitzit, Gilad Shalit and Redemption!
We are praying for the redemption of Gilad Shalit and we hope that the Tzitzit (Ritual fringes) will stand as a merit for our brother in captivity! Please take this opportunity to make any size donation, to help us to distribute as many tziztit (Ritual fringes) as possible. http://tzitzit.chipin.com/tzitzit-fringes-distribution-for-gilad-shalit
Please read the short explanation for the connection between Tzitzit, Gilad Shalit and Redemption!
---The Midrash Agadah comments on Numbers 15:39 that the command of Tzitzit (Ritual Fringes) is related to Redemption.
"God gave the command of Tzitzit (fringes) in order that Israel would remember the good that He did for them, when he took them out of Egypt and requited their enemies"
---Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki, great Biblical commentator, explained that the Mitzvah (Command) of Tzitzit (Ritual Fringes) is related strongly to redemption.
1. The 4 cornered garment on which the fringes are placed reminds us of the 4 biblical s of redemption. "I will bring you out"; "I will save you"; "I will redeem you"; "I will take you" (Exodus 6:6-7)
2. The 8 strings on each corner of the garment remind us of the8 days from the beginning of the Exodus until the crossing of the Red Sea!
The Tzitzit will be distributed (dependingon funds) at two main venues.
1. The Kotel - The Western Wall is visited by Jews across the world and this is the best time to introduce them to this Mitzvah!
2. Ben Yehuda - This area is in the middle of Jerusalem and is a hang out for youth, many secular among them. It is also a tourist site and provides a good opportunity to distribute the Tzitzit in a non-threatening environment.