A segula (Hebrew: סגולה, pl. סגולות, segulot, "remedy" or "protection") is protective or benevolent charm or ritual in Kabbalistic and Talmudic tradition.
The word segula appears in the Hebrew Bible in Exodus 19:5 and Deuteronomy 7:6, where God refers to the Jewish nation as his segula (treasure). The root of this word, segol, is the name of a Hebrew vowel-point represented by three dots. According to the Ohr Hachaim, a segula is "a charm that supersedes logic".
List of segulot
Following is a list of popular or well-known segulot.
Fertility and childbirth
- Distributing chai rotel (about 54 liters) of drink at the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron, Israel on Lag BaOmer is considered a propitious remedy for infertility, as well as for helping a person find his mate or recover from serious illness
- Acting as kvatterin for a baby boy at his brit milah is a segula for childless couples to have children of their own
- studying of works of Kabbalist Zera Shimshon (his only child predeceased him)
- Eating an etrog or etrog jam facilitates an easy childbirth
- Drinking from the waters of Ein Sataf in Israel prevents a breech birth
- Wearing a ruby helps prevent miscarriage and eases birth. Ingesting ground up rubies enhances the chance of pregnancy.
Protection from harm
- Wearing a red string cut from a longer length that has been wound around Rachel's Tomb is an ancient tradition that protects the wearer from danger The only classic source which does mention the red thread expressly forbids its use, saying that tying a red thread on one’s fingers is an idolatrous practice ("darkei emori").
- Giving tzedaka (charity) money to a traveler to donate when he arrives at his destination helps protect the traveler from harm
- Concentrating on the phrase Ein Od Milvado (Hebrew: אין עוד מלבדו, "There is none but Him [God]") shields a person from danger
- Praying at the grave of Rabbi Jonathan ben Uzziel in Amuka, Israel is considered propitious for finding one’s mate within the coming year
- Praying at the Western Wall for 40 consecutive days is considered a segula for finding one’s mate
- Holding the jewelry of a bride while she is escorted to her chuppah is a segula for finding one’s own mate
- Buying a burial plot is a segula for a long life
- Placing a pigeon on a person’s navel is efficacious for curing jaundice
- Giving tzedaka in the merit of Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes is a segula for finding a lost object
- Buying a new knife for Rosh Hashanah is a propitious remedy for livelihood
- One can hang a special note around the neck of a chicken and use it to identify a thief
- ^ Afilalo, Raphael (2006). Kabbalah Glossary: Clarification of terms and concepts of the Kabbalah. Kabbalah Editions. p. 251. ISBN 292324107X.
- ^ a b Rosner, Fred; Bleich, J. David; Brayer, Menachem M. (2000). Jewish Bioethics. KTAV Publishing House. p. 59. ISBN 0881256625.
- ^ Finkelstein, Baruch; Finkelstein, Michal (2005). The Third Key: A Jewish couple's guide to fertility. Feldheim Publishers. p. 124. ISBN 1583303901.
- ^ Chrysler, HaRav Eliezer. "Parshas Yisro: A Treasured Nation". shemayisrael.com. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- ^ Lebovits, Moishe Dovid. "Lag BaOmer". Halachically Speaking. p. 6. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
- ^ Lev, Barukh ben David (2003). There Is No Such Thing As Coincidence: And other stories of Divine Providence. Vol. 2. Feldheim Publishers. pp. 45–46. ISBN 1583306153.
- ^ Finman, Rabbi Herschel (2012). "What is the Function of the Kvatter?". Chabad.org. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- ^ "Zera Shimshon". Iggud HaRabbonim.
- ^ Rabbi Nachman Seltzer (2018). Zera Shimshon 2. ISBN 978-1-4226-2226-1.
- ^ Weisberg, Chana (2004). Expecting Miracles: Finding meaning and spirituality in pregnancy through Judaism. Urim Publications. p. 134. ISBN 9657108519.
- ^ Alpert, Yair (26 January 2010). "Rav Fischer's Segulah Miraculously Works By Not Working – Saves Life of Baby". matzav.com. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- ^ Rabbeinu Bachya ben Asher, commentary to Parshas Tetzaveh (Shmos 28:15) notes "...Reuven's stone was the ruby, a red stone, red like blood, and its Segulah is that any woman that carries [or wears] it will never miscarry a child. It is also said that it is beneficial for a woman who has a hard time giving birth [to have this stone].If this stone is ground up and added to food or drink [of a woman] it is extremely beneficial to help her become pregnant..."
- ^ Tannenbaum, Rabbi Gershon (10 February 2012). "The Red Strings of Kever Rochel". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- ^ Rossoff, Dovid (October 1997). "Tomb of Rachel". The Jewish Magazine. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- ^ "Wearing Red Thread: Ask the Rabbi Response".
- ^ "Tosefta Shabbat 7:1".
- ^ Epstein, Donneal (2000). Halachos for the Traveler. Feldheim Publishers. p. 4. ISBN 1583304398.
- ^ "Devarim 4:35". Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- ^ Goldberger, Rabbi Moshe. "Learn the Secret: Discovering Hashem's constant presence in our lives". Targum Press. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- ^ "The Mystical Power of Amuka". Hamodia. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- ^ Kiel, Dvora (2007). When the Time is Right: Manifestations of Divine Providence in everyday life. Feldheim Publishers. p. 486. ISBN 978-9657371299.
- ^ "Origin of the 40 Days". westernwallprayers.org. 2012. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- ^ "It's a Segulah". Jewish Treats. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- ^ Moss, Aron. "Should I Buy a Burial Plot?". Chabad.org. Archived from the original on June 29, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
<< The sages of the Midrash advise us to purchase a burial plot even while we are still alive and well.1 And it is commonly said that doing so will actually bless one with a long life >> (... where the footnote "1" lists many authoritative sources).
- ^ Rosner et al. (2000), pp. 59–62.
- ^ Lev (2003), p. 81.
- ^ Danzinger, Rabbi Eliezer (2012). "Purchasing a New Knife for Rosh Hashanah". Chabad.org. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- ^ "Old Jewish Book Outlines how to Turn Copper into Gold". Retrieved 2015-09-27.