As Jesus pressed his way through the large crowd that surrounded him a woman fought her way up behind Jesus and took hold of one of the four platted tassels attached to the corners’ of his robe. This lady had suffered with constant bleeding for the past 12 years and was in a state of continual ritual uncleanness and virtual isolation, for she could find no cure. She had suffered a great deal from the treatments of many doctors over the years. She had spent everything she had to pay them and still she was no better off, in fact, she had only got worse. She had heard the stories about Jesus, and thought to herself, “If only I could just touch his clothes, I would be healed.” TJB 9:20
The four corners of a Rabbi’s robe contained four woven or platted tassels called tzi-tzit. Jewish folklore thought that the tzi-tzit of a holy man contained magical powers. This belief may have come from Malachi 4:2 which says, “The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.” The sun of righteousness is a Messianic title while the Hebrew word for wings is also translated corners.
‘If I take hold of the corners (tzi-tzit) of the Messiah’s garment I will receive my healing’, she may have thought to herself.
The tradition for wearing tzi-tzit comes from Deuteronomy 22:12 which says: You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of the garment with which you cover yourself.