Red String Bracelet
The red string itself is worn as a bracelet or band on the left wrist of the wearer and often knotted seven times.
Red has been a color used throughout history to ward off negative energies and is a symbol of blood, of protection.
There is a fleeting mention in the Talmud about the practice of tying a bundle of herbs or gems and wearing them in order to ward off the “evil eye.” This comment is an offhand remark concerning laws of Sabbath observance.
The “evil eye” is mentioned in the Talmud and has practical ramifications in Jewish law. For instance, one is not permitted to stand and stare at his friend’s field that is in full bloom, so as not to plague it with an “evil eye” (Baba Basra 2b). The “evil eye” is best described as a situation where “one conspicuously stands out, and there arouses people’s jealousy and discomfort.”
A person possessed of an ‘evil eye’ carries with him jealousy & envy, a destroying force. Be on your guard not to come near him. He may injure you.” – The Zohar
Wearing a thin scarlet or crimson string (Hebrew: חוט השני) as a type of talisman is a Jewish folk custom as a way to ward off misfortune brought about by the “evil eye” (Hebrew: עין הרע).
No longer limited only to bracelets, some men carry red strings in their wallets, and women who are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, sometimes wear red strings around their waists.
By wearing The Red String on our left wrist, we can receive a vital connection to the protective energies surrounding the tomb of Rachel.
A scarlet thread, tied about the wrist, is mentioned in Genesis 38. Tamar becomes pregnant by her father-in-law, Judah, and gives birth to twin boys.
Rachel the Matriarch represents the aspect of protection in the physical realm. Her greatest desire and purpose in life was to protect and defend all of her children from evil. That is why she evokes the element of protection from the universe.
The idea behind this practice is that Rachel is accepted as the ultimate mother figure who protects her children from the odds. By tying this thread, it is perceived that she is protecting all her children from the evil. She was diligent in her prayers, and hence consequently, she gave birth to two boys.
Red String Bracelet FAQ
It is also believed that if a red string bracelet is worn by the entire family, it is like a spiritual blessing for everyone, which will last for generations! It will make the family members connect better and act as each other’s support in times of need.