“Somewhere, there are brave soldiers defending my home and wearing pairs of tzitzit that I tied.”

This week, I had the zechut to learn how to tie tzitzit for the chayalim in the Israeli army.

Due to the current conflict in Israel, Israeli soldiers are requesting thousands of pairs of tzitzit, a garment which is strongly correlated to the success and protection of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. Additionally, as I learned this week, wearing tzitzit can be interpreted as equivalent to the observance of all 613 mitzvot. Furthermore, the sum of the wrappings on each corner of the tzitzit corresponds to the numerical value of the phrase “Hashem echad,” making the tzitzit a constant reminder of Hashem’s unwavering protection. Therefore, it is no wonder that so many soldiers, both religious and secular, are requesting tzitzit

Under usual circumstances, the issue of women tying tzitzit is strongly contested, with many poskim prohibiting or strongly discouraging women from doing so. However, earlier this week, Rav Asher Weiss gave a heter which allows women to tie tzitzit for those serving in Tzahal, since Israel is currently in an eit tzarah, a time of desperate need. 

When I learned that I could be part of such an important mitzvah, I jumped at the opportunity. Along with many other girls from Lindenbaum, I was taught not only the intricate methods and minhagim of tying a kosher pair of tzitzit, but also the significance of the mitzvah.

It means so much to me that I am able to take part in this essential and meaningful initiative. I know that by directly helping the soldiers on the front lines, I am giving back to those who protect me and am playing an active role in the protection of the state of Israel. Somewhere, there are brave soldiers defending my home and wearing pairs of tzitzit that I tied.

What a special way to participate in the incredible achdut of Am Yisrael during this time.

Talia Distenfeld, Student
Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program
Midreshet Lindenbaum

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