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Do we believe in guardian angels?

Do we believe in guardian angels?



Do Jews believe that each person has a guardian angel watching over him or her?


Jews certainly believe in angels – spiritual entities who exist to perform the will of G‑d (the Hebrew word for angel, "malach," also means "messenger") – the Scriptures contain many references to such supernal beings. But the popular idea of private and personal guardian angels is not part of Jewish theology.

Instead, we believe in a personal G‑d who constantly watches over each and every one of us, and over all of creation. On occasion He may send an angel to help or save us, but the angel is merely His emissary.

However, our sages tell us that each mitzvah that we do creates an angel that serves as a shield and protection for us. After our passing, these angels testify on our behalf before the Heavenly Courts.

So in that sense, we create our own guardian angels.

I hope this has been helpful.

Chaya Sarah Silberberg,

Chaya Sarah Silberberg serves as the rebbetzin of the Bais Chabad Torah Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan, since 1975. She also counsels, lectures, writes, and responds for’s Ask the Rabbi service.
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Hardly a Beinoni Hollywood, Florida March 27, 2016

Guardian Angels??? Yes! Scripture is replete on this subject. To reference only a few instances, due to space restriction: Exodus, 23:20. Elijah fleeing Ahab, I Kings, 5-7. Psalm 91, incorporated into the Shabbat prayers; specifically, Verse 11. Job, 33:23; included in the prayer recited during 'Kapparot'on the day before Yom Kippur (see Machzor). And, very poignantly; Daniel, 6:23, on being saved in the lions den; also Daniel, 3:25,28, when his 3 friends survived the fiery furnace. It is worth to mention here, that in Jewish lore, many stories are related, where the Prophet Elijah, who was bodily consumed into heaven (II Kings, 2:ff), and ministers with the angels, does at certain times, take on 'material form', and appears to those who are worthy. In these instances, it is to instruct our holy righteous Ones in Torah, or to protect us in dire situations; namely, as a 'Guardian Angel'! Finally; he will be the one who will herald in the Messianic Age (Malachi, 3:23). Speedily in our day. Amen.

Ed Israel Akron, Ohio July 30, 2014

Angels Each mitzvah that we do creates an angel that -serves as a shield and protection for us- if you believe Torah than you believe in angels. They are part of the order of our universe. They are part of the equations that create order and meanings; those who dwell'in the garden understand this. Personal guardian angels are a romantic notion, Angels, much like people, are unique. Raphael has a personal relationship with Tobit and his family. Of course this is apocryphal. Reply

Menachem Posner for November 16, 2008

Pendant with Guard Angels While the girl or the angel themselves may not present such a problem, a bigger issue may be the fact that we are not allowed graven images. This means that if the image protrudes, and an entire face is visible, you do not want to have such a piece of jewelry in your collection. Reply

Rivkah Tzeid miami, ca November 10, 2008

Pendant with Guard Angels Is a Jew allowed to wear Pendants on the necklace, portraying baby or girl angels as guard angels? Reply

Menachem Posner for June 19, 2008

To Daniel: To the best of my knowledge, the Talmud there does not mention angels as protectors. Rather, it discusses the Mazal which protects us. Mazalot are not angels.

So what are they? See these links to find out:

Angels and Mazalot
Is it possible for someone to have bad luck, no mazel at all...?
Is Astrology Kosher? Reply

Daniel May 27, 2008

In the Talmud (Chapter 6 of Shabbos) there seems to be an idea of 'guardian angels'. The whole discussion regarding if one can wear an amulet on shabbos is discussed (if it is by an expert...) however the question is raised for amulets for animals, it discusses why an amulet from an expert for a human my not be considered effective for an animal due to the fact that people have specific angels around them (another proof is that in order for a person to be considered an expert he needs to cure 3 different diseases three times on one person or other people...for purposes of maybe a special relationship of the 'expert' and the person or the certain protective nature of this person). With the upmost respect...this seems to contradict what you said...I really agree with the fact that there is no middle man between us and Hashem so I am really curious as to how this is different??
Thank youb Reply

Anonymous Sunrise, Fl May 23, 2008

understanding ...may Michael be at my right hand, Gabriel at my Left, Uriel Before me, Raphael behind me, and above my head, the blessed Shechinah... right hand is mercy the left hand is judgement. The light/fire of Gd should always be before us. Raphael meaning that sicknesses are far from us. And the Divine Presence should always be above us. The names of the "angels" are only describing attributes. Depending on ones tradition angels are no more the divine attributes not entities sent on a mission or vice versa. Reply

stuart May 22, 2008

huh? in my siddur i say:

on my right it uriel
on my left is gabriel
and so on...

seems like guardian angels to me. Reply

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