Amulets and good luck charms have always had a place in Judaism, albeit a very small role. Originally, these amulets were written by professional scribes and made use of Jewish Mysticism to help bring about a desired result. Typically, amulets were written as forms of protection during a journey or as a remedy for an illness. Today, amulets take the form of small card with meaningful text on them, such as the prayer said before embarking on a journey, prayers for easy child-birth, success in school, protection from the evil eye, and more.
If you are looking for a specific amulet, World of Judaica has a selection of amulets for every purpose. Flying overseas? Check out our Traveler’s Prayer Amulets that have the traditional prayer and is decorated with floral designs. These items are great gift ideas for the loved one who is constantly traveling.
World of Judaica also has amulets for diving blessing. These amulets feature the text of the Priestly Blessing and are decorated with floral patterns and Jerusalem as well as Kabbalistic names of G-d. Do you know a couple who has just been married or will be having a wedding in the near future? Give a gift of a gold or sterling silver amulet with prayers for a happy marriage and happy, healthy children.
Many people wish to change their luck and World of Judaica has amulets that are designed to help change their luck. These amulets feature Kabbalistic prayers and are decorated with Judaica items such as Menorahs and Hamsas, two traditional symbols of good luck in Judaism.
We at World of Judaica invite you to browse our vast selection of amulets and good luck charms. If you have any questions about Judaism, visit our education pages. For other questions, please contact us via email, phone or live chat and a customer service representative will be happy to address your concerns.
Since the beginning of time, people have been searching for ways to protect themselves from harm, invoking the names of angels to protect them from perceived evils. Judaism also has a form of spiritual protection aside for the various commandments (Mitzvot) that are performed on a daily basis in the form of amulets.
What is an amulet?
An amulet is an ancient form of protection from physical and spiritual harm that takes the form of an object or some type of text that invokes the name of G-d to protect the wearer. In Judaism, amulets took the form of a square of parchment that had divine names of G-d, names of angels, or passages from the Torah - especially those from the Book of Pslams - written on it. Traditional amulets were placed inside a silver or leather pouch and were worn by the person on his body.
Today, the term amulet refers to a wide range of blessings and prayers, such as the Traveler’s Prayer known as Tefillat HaDerech in Hebrew that is said when embarking on a trip upon leaving the city limits. Other prayers found on and blessing found on amulets include requests for livelihood, children, and success in various fields as well as the traditional prayers from protection from physical and spiritual harm that invoke the names of G-d and various angels in heaven.
While traditional amulets were made from parchment, today’s amulets are made from a wide range of materials including plastic, gold and silver. Plastic is typically used in amulets that are placed in a wallet or have a prayer on it while gold and silver are used in amulets that have an engraved text that features names of G-d and angels.
Amulets can be any color and are usually decorated with Judaica items as well as floral patterns. One of the most popular decorations on amulets is the hand position used by the priestly family - the Kohanim - when giving the divine blessing. Other decorations include the seven species - particularly pomegranates because of their traditional association with fertility and financial success, animals, crowns, lions and Stars of David.
The text of a traditional amulet is typically written in Hebrew font, generally similar to that used in a Torah Scroll. However, they may also appear in other languages, such as in Russian or English. The text of an amulet may also appear in the shape of traditional Judaica items. Two of the most popular shapes are the Hamsa and Menorah.