Fringes: Kavannah Before the Sh’ma

A tallit is just a piece of cloth
But when you put fringes on the four corners
It becomes a fulfillment of a Jewish mitzvah.
The fringes are just strings
But when you knot them together and attach them to the tallit
They are all of our complicated questions for the Torah and Talmud.
And when you cover yourself with that fringed cloth
And you become separate and holy, kadosh,
It becomes a safe and private place for your spiritual longing as a Jew.
And when you hold those fringes from all four corners in one hand
It becomes your connection to Jews 
  from all four directions:  North, South, East, West,
  from all four worlds:  Assiyah, Yetzirah, Beriah, Atzilut
  from all four elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire
  from all four states of being:  Physical, Feeling, Intellectual, Spiritual.

And when you cover your eyes with that fringed hand,
And when you are deep in the holy and all four corners become one,

This is the One-ness.
This is us.

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