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 Bells and Pomegranates

In Parshat Pekudei, we are told about the clothes of the kohen gadol. It says that on the bottom of the kohen’s clothing, there will be “a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and pomegranate,” ,” (פַּֽעֲמֹ֤ן וְרִמֹּן֙ פַּֽעֲמֹ֣ן וְרִמֹּ֔ן) and that will repeat around the whole robe. Why is it a pomegranate and a bell? Why is this what the kohen gadol needs to have on him?

Just like men wear tzitzit to remember the mitzvot, so too, the kohen gadol had to wear something to remind himself and all the people that he is a role model to others. Pomegranates, generally, symbolize the 613 mitzvot and bells are an alarm and a reminder. Every time the kohen walks around, the people will hear and look at the bells but when they look, it is not only the bells they see. They will see the pomegranates and remember to go in the way of the Torah. Even the way that we dress reflects who we are and shows us about ourselves. By dressing modestly and respectfully shows who we are and teaches others to follow. By wearing our tzitzit and kippahs, it shows who we are. Let’s be like the kohen gadol and dress to remind ourselves and others about the Torah and Hashem!

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