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Red String Kabbalah Bracelet

The Red String Kabbalah Bracelet is used for protection against the Evil Eye. The Evil Eye is a very powerful negative force. It refers to the unfriendly stare and unkind glances we sometimes get from people around us. Envious eyes and looks of ill will affect us, stopping us from realizing our full potential in every area of our life.

According to Kabbalah, the critical need to confront the problem of negative influences cannot be underestimated. People who fail to understand this and activate a protective shield through positive and proactive behavior will eventually become victims. Kabbalah teaches us that we can remove intrusive negative influences and, more importantly, that we have the potential to eradicate negativity forever! The power of the eye, when understood from a Kabbalistic perspective, becomes as powerful a healing instrument as it can be a devastating channel of destruction.

Rachel and The Red String

An ancient tradition is to wind a Red String seven times around the tomb of Rachel, the great Matriarch. Rachel, wife of Jacob, gave birth after many barren years to two sons, Yosef (Joseph), and later Binyamin (Benjamin). During the birth or Binyamin, Rachel passes away, and is buried on the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the Land of Israel.

After the Red String is winded around the tomb, it is endowed with mystical powers. The Red String is then cut into pieces and worn (alone or as a Red String Bendel Bracelet) on the left hand's wrist. The left hand is considered by Kabbalah to be the receiving side for the body and soul. By wearing The Red String Kabbalah Bracelet (Red String Bendel Bracelet) on our left wrist, we can receive a vital connection to the protective energies surrounding the tomb of Rachel. It also allows us to take Rachel's powerful protective energy with us and draw from it anytime.

Kabbalists believe that by seeking the Light of holy persons, such as Rachel, we can use their powerful influence to assist us. According to Kabbalah, Rachel represents the physical world in which we live. Her greatest desire is to protect and defend all of her children from evil. When we tie The Red String Kabbalah Bracelet to our left wrist, while reciting the powerful Ana Be'Co'ach prayer, we seal her powerful protective energy within as it intercepts negative influences intended to cause us harm.

The Evil Eye in the Book of the Zohar

"A person possessed of an evil eye carries with him the eye of the destroying negative force; hence it is called "destroyer of the world," and people should be on their guard against them and not come near them so that they should not be injured by them!"

Zohar I, p.68b

How to wear the Red String Bendel Bracelet

Have someone you love to tie the Red String to your left wrist. First, have them tie the string closely around your wrist with a simple knot. Repeat by knotting the string six more times for a total of seven knots. Now make a promise to yourself that you will refrain from negative thoughts or talk about others. This harmful behavior will interfere with your effort to gain personal fulfillment and protection. Then have the person finish by saying the Ben Porat Prayer which prevents others from giving us the evil eye.

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