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Tying it All Together (Ki Teitzei)

Preview: The tzitzit have a very specific purpose: they protect against arayot. Hence why the mitzvah appears where it does in Ki Tetzei; hence the language of “קדושים” and “זונים;” hence the ritualization of “כסוי” and “פתיל” and “כנפי הבגד;” hence the colorful stories concerning tzitzit in masechet Menachot; hence, perhaps, the custom to don a tallit gadol upon marriage; and hence many more details.

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