Monday, 17 September 2018

Menachot 38: Single-Part Mitzvot, Techelet

A very brief note on today's daf:

We embark on Perek IV, which is devoted to mitzvot that involve items that do not rely on other parts.  Up for discussion are a number of examples, including the tzitzit of the tallit.  The rabbis discuss something called techelet, a blue-green dye which was commanded to decorate certain holy items.  The dye came from a chilazon which was determined like to  have been a particular snail.  Techelet was rare, even in the times of the Talmud.