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Oh, thanks for reminding me – the color blue.
As I know it, on some Tallitot, all the threads of the Tzizit are the same color. But others have the Tzizit strands wrapped with a blue one.
I always knew that the blue color is called Techelet. Growing up we learned that the color Techelet is a light blue like the skies.
The Techelet in the Tzizt is a deeper blue. It’s came from an animal called Chilazon .
But surprise, surprise, I thought the blue threads on Tzizit are the same shade all over Jewish communities around the world- apparently not.
The Yemenite people had their blue thread color closer to a blue-black, closer to the black color of their Tallit. And with the Rambam’s explanation that the Techelet resembles black, the tradition was kept.
Tzizit with Blue Thread
Once in Israel, the Yemenites joined the rest of the Tallit customs that was practiced in the Holy Land, they land they dreamed of reaching for generations.
I am still learning how my Yemenite roots and customs are so different than of other Jewish communities.
I wonder, did you find any good stories about our traditions in your own “attic“?
I would love to hear your story!
You can email me: info@PardesDesigns.com
- Sharona, Pardes Designs
Fun fact: the word paradise is derived from the word pardes!