Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tucking In: A Tzitzit Solution for the Messianic in an Anti-Judaic (or Anti-One-Law) Environment?
A long time ago, the image of a cheese-burger would have made me sick and I would think "How could anyone eat dairy and meat together?!" But as I read the Scriptures and observed that Abraham served meat and dairy to the three visitors, and as I learned about the rationales for the mitzvot, how many of them prohibit long-forgotten pagan practices, my view began to change.
Up until this past weekend, I understood that tzitzit MUST be worn on the outside. But a new Sephardic friend mentioned that the Sephardic Jews typically tuck their tzitzit in (there are many reasons for this) and fulfill the mitzvah of observing the tzitzit at various times throughout the day.
The more I think about this Sephardic tradition the more I like it. It eliminates the possibility that someone could become arrogant regarding his tzitzit. It makes the tzitzit more special because it is hidden. But enough of my thoughts...
Do you feel that tzitzit should be worn visibly all the time or do you prefer the Sephardic tradition of keeping the tzitzit hidden?
Posted by Peter at 6:07 AM