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Question: The last time I was in Israel I went to the Western Wall and there were all these old women selling red string bracelets like the ones Madonna used to wear. What are they, what do they do, and should I get one? The red string bracelets these women are hawking are part of a whole genre of folk traditions having to do with ayin haraor the evil eye.
Some people believe that tying one of these red strings around your left wrist will ward off bad luck. Others believe that a single woman should wear the string until it falls off naturally, at which point she will meet the person she will end up marrying. Still others connect the string to increased fertility, or to protection from bloodshed in war.
The source of the practice is somewhat murky. Some scholars see a reference to the practice in the Tosefta Shabbat 7. Among a list of superstitious practices is an ambiguous mention of the custom of either tying a red string or tying a string around something red. When it comes to the string-tying practice one rabbi asserts that it is among the prohibited darkhei Emori, while another rabbi says it is not. In nearly every culture where the red string is found, it is claimed to protect against the evil eye and bad luck.
These red strings are said to carry or encourage some of the characteristics of the biblical Rachel who was known for being generous, beautiful, and compassionate. In Israel today, red string bracelets can be seen among all sectors of society, from the very religious to the completely secular. No longer limited only to bracelets, some men carry Red kabbalah string falls off strings in their wallets, and women who are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, sometimes wear red strings around their waists. The trend went international, with red strings being worn by everyone from celebrities who bought them from the Kabbalah Centreto pre-teens who picked them up at Target.
Red string bracelets are also easy to purchase online. Just remember that, mystical jewelry aside, the best way to keep people from shooting you the evil eye is probably to be a nice person. Pronounced: khah-SID-ik, Origin: Hebrew, a stream within ultra-Orthodox Judaism that grew out of an 18th-century mystical revival movement.
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