Question:

Is there such a thing as "taharat klalot" ("curse removal")? Recently, everything that could — and some things which we thought couldn't — go wrong, has. My son told me that someone suggested that we look into the possibility of "taharat klalot." Lastly, is this ceremony done by both Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews?

Answer:

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, has stated on many occasions that nowadays there is no reason to be concerned about baseless curses and the like (whether you are an Ashkenazi or Sephardic). In order to draw down G‑d's blessings, and to counteract Divine judgment, G‑d forbid, we are instead advised to increase our observance of Torah and mitzvot.

Some suggestions, which I am sure will help:

1. Light Shabbat candles, making sure to do so at the right time — 18 minutes before sunset Friday evening. Click here to find the time to light for your location. 2. Check the mezuzot on the doors of your home, making sure that every door that needs a mezuzah has one, and that they are all kosher.

Rabbi Eliezer Danzinger for Chabad.org