The Tzitz was a golden head-plate that was worn across the Kohen Gadol’s forehead from ear to ear. It was two fingerbreadths in height. Engraved on the Tzitz were the words Kodesh LaHashem – holy to Hashem.
The brain is the seat of the intellectual capabilities of our soul. We use these intellectual capabilities in Davening to meditate on the greatness of Hashem, His transcendence and the secret of His oneness. The objective of these meditations is to flow through to arouse feelings of love and fear of Hashem with which we pray.
With these meditation and emotions, we rise up beyond the world and attain a deep spiritual sense of yearning and connection. But unfortunately, we can’t stay there.
When we finish Davening and enter the challenges of the material world, the deep understandings and emotions that we experienced in our meditations, swiftly fade away. This is represented by the forehead, the bone which covers over the brain, represents a concealment over the intellect.
We might not be able to remain in the same state of deep understanding and feeling throughout the rest of our day. But we can make a firm resolve and commitment to conduct ourselves in accordance with the realisations that we attained during Davening and to keep it in the forefront of our minds.
This resolve is the represented Tzitz, which was worn constantly over the forehead, engraved with the words Kodesh LaHashem. It is the reminder throughout our day, long after we leave the protective cocoon of the Shule, that no matter where we are, we are “holy to Hashem” and are here in this world to serve Him wherever we are and in everything that we do.
~ Sefer Halikutim, Tzemach Tzedek entry Tzitz
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