Friends — I’m currently taking a class on Jewish Magic and Superstition, about the ways in which various amulets, phrases, etc. have been used throughout Jewish history to “produce” a desired effect or to “protect” from evil forces.
One well-known amulet is the Hamsa (derived from the word for “five” in Arabic), an example of which I have provided in the picture above. Hamsa typically take the shape of a hand and they were/are believed to provide protection from evil.
My homework assignment is to ask others about superstitious behavior they may have “inherited” from Jewish parents, grandparents, or mentors. If you have any stories you are willing to share, I’d love to hear them!!! Thank you for any help you can provide with my homework. 😊
shavua tov, jen