There is a story in the gospels which describes a healing involving Jesus’ clothes. A woman, who suffered with a hemorrhage for twelve years, touched a fringe of Jesus’ garment in hope thinking, “’…if I only touch His garment, I will get well.’ But Jesus turning and seeing her said, ‘Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.’ At once the woman was made well.” (Mat 9:21-22) Why is this woman’s healing tied to her faith and what is so special about the fringe of Jesus’ cloak?

Many Bible readers realize that she did not simply touch Yeshua’s clothes, she touched the κράσπεδον (kraspedon) “hem”, “edge”, “fringe” or “corner” of his garment. Torah describes this special part of Israelite clothing.  God instructed Moses, “…they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue. It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD… I am the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the LORD your God.” (Num. 15:38-41).

This is the commandment of צִיצִית (tzitzit) “tassels” or “fringes” worn on four-cornered garments like a tallit. The purpose of such tassels is very specific – to remind Israel about their inseparable connection to God (i.e. to remind them about the covenant). The Hebrew word צִיצִית (tzitzit) is related to verb נָצָה (natzah) “to fly”. Another form of this same verb, הִצָּה (hitzah) means “to struggle”, “to strive”, or “to try really hard”.

In her encounter with Jesus, this daughter of Abraham grasped the fringe of Messiah’s garment in faith and struggle, leaping up to God and his anointed, trying as hard as she could to appeal to her connection with God, and trusting his covenant promises. She got hold of Jesus’ tzitzit and would not let it go. Her faith in God’s faithfulness and goodness turned out to be well justified.

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  1. Perhaps you could clarify....I think other gospel accounts refer to a robe that Christ had (and wore). Would there be fringes as a continuous border on the robe or 4 separate tzittzit as worn today on the "corners"
    • Yes, Mike. Num 15 commandment specifies 4 tassels on 4 corners. Anything beyond that (as some modern garments go) is a bonus.
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  2. I learned about the Tzitzit about 20 years ago and it is refreshing to see this subject come up once again. I understand that the sea creatures that are used for coloring the Tzitzit are reproducing once again. Must be something in the knots on the Tzitzit. All Glory be to Hashem.
  3. I thought it showed her faith that He was the Messiah. According to Mal. 4:2, He would come "with healing in His wings (Strong's number 3671)." The word for "borders" in Num. 15:38 is also number 3671.
  4. Thank you for this explanation of the tzitzit, the fringe of the tallit. It speaks to me that Yeshua was a travelling rabbi who always wore His tallit. One other aspect of this story that has always been intriguing is that Yeshua says, (Luke 8:46) "Someone touched Me. I know that power has gone out from Me." Does that sentence indicate Yshua's human-nature need for spiritual replenishment. We know He would retreat to quiet places to pray for hours, probably eschewing sleep. Is there any teaching about this "power" aspect of Yeshua's miracles of healing?
    • Dear Lynda, as far as talit goes (talit gadol) - maybe yes, maybe no. What he probably wore at all times something similar to talit katan, in my opinion. I am not an expert on how the two natures work, so my answers would be mere guesses. What you propose sounds reasonable. He felt the power leave him, so there must be a finite amount of it.

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    • I believe you are referring to the Duality of Christ. The nature of his manhood and Godhood in one person. This is one of the most complex issues looked at in Christianity. I believe here Jesus knows what has happened but ask the question so he may teach us all.
  5. WOW. I have always just looked at it as an act of faith. The touching of the edges or tzitzit makes an interesting angle. This is making the scriptures come alive. Thanks
  6. I research the Tzitzit a few years ago. The color blue within the Tzitzit was made by a special dye and from my understanding of so many other things that were destroyed over 2100's years ago. Yeshua’s soul was trained in the upper heavens before his earth mother gave birth to him down here on earth.
  7. when we, in the Netherlands, were liberated from German occupation, in 1945, I went in our rowing boat, to do my homework in a secluded spot. But half way there, something very powerful made me go to the side of the canal and go on land. Then I saw something unexplicable. I saw the edge of a cloak with tassels on it. Big, like a rainbow. It made a slight humming sound and moved slowly around. I started to sing in a strange languae and dance, with tears streaming down my face. I don't know how long I was there
    • Gabrielle, sounds like you were baptised in the Holy Spirit much similar like they were all gathered together in the upper room in the book of Acts. There was a sound of wind, cloven tounges of fire, filled with the Holy Spirit. Spoken tongues or languages. SHALOM , blessings hallelujah.
  8. I find it very interesting, that even to this day, in military garments the rank, or authority is on the hem of the garments, I have often wondered was the fringe on the talit maybe coloured in such a way to demonstrate his authority and power. thank you Prof. Pinchas Shir for this subject matter.
    • There is a possibility that the corners of talit functioned as a type of credit card when pressed against the mud in ancient stores since it is not possible to repeat the pattern exactly. So the power in this would be different than traditionally considered but I am not certain of this reconstruction it is just another interpretive option.
  9. JESUS WAS A PRIEST HIMSELF,MADE A PRIEST AFTER OF THE ORDER OF MELC. KING OF SALEM. SO THE FRINGE ON HIS GARMET HAD HEALING POWER . HE KNEW THE POWER HAD WENT OUT FROM HIM. WHO TOUCHED ME. HE HAD THE POWER OF ENDLESS LIFE. NOT AFTER THE CARNAL ORDINANCES BUT HEAVENLY, HE CAME FORM A TRIBE THAT THEIR WAS NO MENTION OF A PRIESTHOOD, HE CAME FROM THE TRIBE OF JUDAH. HE IS OUR PRIEST AND SITS ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER.
    • A King and a Priest of the Highest Order. . .both Son and Father of King/Priest David who offered upon the land and its altar purchased for building of The Temple. What a glorious lineage for both the original branch and the grafted branch. It amazes to think of Him ruling here on earth in perfect justice and judgment with a rod of iron founded alongside His powerful garment hem.
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