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The “evil eye,” ayin hara in Hebrew, is the harmful negative energy that is created when one looks at something with envy or ill feeling.
The Truth Behind the Red String and the Evil Eye
Hollywood celebrities have popularized the practice of wearing a red string to ward off the “evil eye.” Are these merely old superstitions, or legitimate concerns? What is the true meaning behind the evil eye in the Jewish tradition?
G-d gives us things. G-d does not give others these same things. This can and does cause jealousy, an unvoiced "Why does she deserve it?," and somewhere on High that energy does not dissipate. It gravitates, and brings into question "Maybe she doesn’t des...
A census achieves two contrary aims. By focusing on the total sum, it asks the individual to suspend his individuality; at the same time, it compels him to ask himself if he is worthy of contributing to the total...
A friend of mine recently got a red string that she wears as a bracelet to ward off an ayin hara (evil eye). Is there any source for this in Judaism, and should I wear one as well? Reply As I discussed in What Is the Meaning of the Evil Eye?, there are in...
Question: Is it true that many religious women will not tell anyone except for close family about their pregnancy until it's obvious? And that they won't tell anyone their due date, either! Answer: Hi, There's no law at all to that effect, but it is a cus...
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