Mitzvot – translates as good deeds, but its true meaning is a much deeper obligation.

Mizvot are commanded actions.

Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol for righteousness, because it is said to have 613 seeds which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah.

We opened our pomegranate and counted every seed.

The Talmud tells us that “even the wicked amongst Israel are filled with good deeds like pomegranates [are filled with seeds].”   Tractate Sanhedrin 37a

Exodus 28:33–34 directed that images of pomegranates be woven onto the borders of Hebrew priestly robes. 1 Kings 7:13–22 describes pomegranates depicted in the temple King Solomon built in Jerusalem.

The tzitzit (“knotted fringes”) of the tallit (“prayer shawl”) are connected to the 613 commandments by interpretation: principal Torah commentator Rashi bases the number of knots on a gematria [system in which each Hebrew letter is assigned a value]: the word tzitzit (Hebrew: ציצת (Biblical), ציצית, in its Mishnaic spelling) has the value 600. Each tassel has eight threads (when doubled over) and five sets of knots, totalling 13. The sum of all numbers is 613. This reflects the concept that donning a garment with tzitzit reminds its wearer of all Torah commandments.

For this and more about the importance our tradition places on Mitzvot – join our classes! (By the way, we counted 656 seeds in our pomegranate.)