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Techelet (Blue Thread)

Techelet (Blue Thread)


The Torah commands us to include a blue ("techelet") fringe among the tzitzit fringes. This fringe must be dyed blue with the blood of a shellfish called "chilazon." This rare fish is a denizen of the Mediterranean Sea.

After the Jewish people were exiled from the Holy Land, the chilazon was no longer available. For many centuries Jews wore tzitzit without a techelet fringe.

In the past century, there have been certain venerable rabbis who claimed to have identified the chilazon, based on this fish's distinguishing features described in the Talmud. Since then, tzitzit with techelet has made a comeback, and one can often spot people sporting such tallitot. There are many, however, who have cast doubts on the re-identification of the chilazon.

Rabbi Sholom DovBer, the fifth Rebbe of Lubavitch, maintained that according to the teachings of Kabbalah the chilazon will not reemerge until the coming of the Messiah.

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Gershon April 5, 2013

I understand that techelet is not a hue but the color that is achieved through use of the chilazon dye. Thus, by definition, it cannot be achieved without identifying the chilazon. Reply

Douglas Georgia, USA March 31, 2013

I would like to know where in the Torah it is said that it is chilazon that MUST be used. I have only found the command to have tekeleth (blue/violet) cord. I do not find a command of 'what' must be used to make it blue/violet. Reply

Anonymous san diego, california June 13, 2010

If according to the teachings of Kabbalah the chilazon will not reemerge until the coming of the Messiah, then let us start using Tzitzit from what we believe to be chilazon.
According to Kabbalah, we will bring the Messiah by our actions - now it the time to place the Torah in our hearts, so that WE MAY DO IT. Reply

Tzvi Londmeadow, MA January 27, 2010

Rabbi Sholom DovBer, the fifth Rebbe of Lubavitch, lived in the past and he was not a prophet. The proof of Chilazon is absolute.
and scientifically accurate

Stop confusing people. Geula is in full force. And rediscover of chilazon is a proof Reply

This is no fringe mitzvah! The tallit and tzitzit serves as constant reminders of our obligations to G-d and our fellows.
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