The 72 Names of God and The Kabbalah

72 names Kabbalah Pendant

72 names Kabbalah Pendant

Hebrew inscriptions can be found on numerous Kabbalah jewelry accessories. Many of these writings consist of three letter combinations that are commonly referred to as the “72 Names of God.” They are a spiritual tool utilized by the Kabbalah to assist in stimulating constructive life changes. Every single one of the 72 Names of God has its own distinctive energetic frequency, acting as an instrument, if you will, for achievement, happiness and the like.

 

What is the Foundation of the 72 Names of God?
The roots of the 72 Names of God can be found in the Torah. As per the Kabbalah, the bible is coded with numerous layers within every single letter and word; in other words, there is the literal significance of the actual letters and words written, and then meaning hidden in the arrangements of said letters and words. The 72 Names of God are directly connected to the Hebrew alphabet and therefore, the ideas they stand for can be lost in translation when attempting to understand them in another language. The names are derived from Exodus 14:19-21.

The 72 Names – Examples and their Purpose
Each of the 72 Names of God has its own unique power and energy, whether it is promoting change with regards to fertility, health, love or another aspect of one’s life. Each three letter combination has great effectiveness and a lot of people wear numerous types of Kabbalah jewelry accessories inscribed with one or many of these names. They choose pieces that are symbolic to their own desires and needs. It is believed that just by looking at the letters, people are able to connect with their amazing frequencies.

The name “Aleph-Lamed-Dalet” can be found inscribed on an abundance of Kabbalah jewelry pieces. The Aleph-Lamed-Dalet arrangement is thought to thwart the evil eye by keeping negative energy away. Another combination, Samech-Aleph-Lamed, is utilized by the Kabbalah for affluence and success. Lastly, the sequence “Yod Lamed Yod” is believed to help people who want to recover lost hope and overcome the obstacles of despair as well as weariness. The 72 Names of God are indeed powerful inscriptions.

Kabbalah Symbols in Jewish Jewelry

Jewish jewelry designers incorporate numerous Kabbalah symbols in their designs which are intended to mediate between the spiritual and physical worlds. This mediation seeks to encourage constructive changes in the lives of those on Earth. Kabbalah symbols may help individuals to get through impediments in the physical world while encouraging positive life transformations.

72 Names of God Kabbalah Necklace

72 Names of God Kabbalah Necklace

Kabbalah symbols include well-known protection talismans thought to ward off the evil eye, such as the Hamsa hand and the Star of David. These talismans are detailed below. Those considering purchasing a Jewish jewelry piece should learn the meaning behind the different Kabbalah symbols in order to choose the most fitting piece for their lifestyle.

Hamsa Hand
The Hamsa hand (also known as the hand of Fatima or the hand of Miriam) is a symbol that is not exclusive to the Kabbalah. In Arabic, “Hamsa” means “five.” It is widely known as an ancient palm-shaped talisman used for protection. Many communities across the globe have used this symbol to help protect against the evil eye, which acts as a reference to bad luck resulting from resentment (literally from a spiteful stare).

Star of David in Jewish jewelry
The Star of David is the most recognizable symbol for Jewish identity. It is believed to draw protection and luck because of its unique structure. Consistent with tradition, the hexagram shape is symbolic of King David’s shield, which helped lead to victories and to the creation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Merkabah
The Merkabah (otherwise known as Merkava, Markaba or Markava) is an exclusive Kabbalah symbol. In actuality, it is a Star of David in its three dimensional state.  In similar to other structural Kabbalah symbols, it is thought to release positive divine energy, bringing fortification to those who wear or display it.

Jewish jewelry designers integrate various Kabbalah symbols in their designs which are said to mediate between the spiritual and physical worlds. This mediation is meant to bring about positive changes in peoples lives. Kabbalah symbols are believed to help individuals to get through difficulties in the physical world.

Red String in the Kabbalah

Why do some Jewish people wear a thin red string tied around their wrist?

The wearing of a red string is a custom. It is commonly associated with Kabbalah and is believed to ward off the evil eye. The string is a simple red woolen thread. Often the red string has been wound around the tomb of the matriarch Rachel which is located near Bet Lechem. Most Rabbis do not endorse the custom of wearing a red string.

Where is a red string mentioned in the Bible?

In the first book of the Bible, Bereishit, chapter thirty-eight, Tamar gives birth to twin boys. When she was giving birth, one of the babies stuck his hand out and the midwife tied a scarlet thread so as to know which one emerged first. The baby then drew back his hand and the other baby emerged. The baby who came out first was named Peretz, which is Hebrew for “Breach” or “Burst out”, alluding to the nature in which he pushed himself out, despite his brother having put out his hand first. The baby who had stretched out his hand then emerged and was named “Zerach” which means scarlet in Hebrew.

There is no mention in the Bible of a red string being associated with warding off the evil eye.

Why are red strings wrapped around Rachel’s tomb before being worn?

Rabbi Yirmiyahu Ullman, of Ohr Somayach (a Yeshiva in Jerusalem), explains that although there is no basis in Jewish law for tying a red string around the wrist, it is a custom that is considered to be a protective act and has been around for some time.

He explains that the Jewish people are called “Am Segulah” or “Treasured People” in the fifth book of the Bible, Devarim. Rabbi Chaim of Voloshzin explains that it is due to the Torah and the commandments that they fulfill that they are considered treasured.

Rachel is renowned for having allowed her sister to have married the man she loved before her and is buried on the way to Bet Lechem so that Jews passing by can pray there. Rabbi Ullman explains that perhaps this is the reason that the red string is considered a protective measure. Recalling Rachel’s great deeds and emulating her ways leads to doing more commandments which in turn spare one from misfortune.

Kabbalah

Kabbalah is mystical teachings of Judaism. Followers of Kabbalah believe it is absolutely necessary to study Kabbalah as it is an inextricable part of being an observant Jew. Rabbis today are divided as to whether Kabbalah should be accessible to the simple person on the street. Here are a number of sources that actually emphasize the need to study Kabbalah.
•    The Zohar is the foundational work of Kabbalah. It is written there that in the merit of studying the Zohar, the Jewish people will merit to be redeemed from the present exile in a merciful manner (Parshat Naso, 124b).
•    The Arizal was a Rabbi and mystic who lived in Tzfat in the sixteenth century. His school of thought in Kabbalah is known as Lurianic Kabbalah (after his name which was Isaac Luria).The Arizal was adamant that along with a Jewish person’s obligation to learn the Bible in both written and oral form, one is also obligated to learn the mystical side of the Torah. He claimed that nothing brings greater pleasure to G-d then seeing His children engage in the study of the secrets of the Torah, through which they get to know His beauty, awesomeness and supremacy (Etz Chaim).

•    Rabbi Avraham Azulai authored Kabbalistic works and compared one who doesn’t learn Kabbalah to a beast because such a person’s performance of Mitzvot lack the reasoning behind them when performed without the Kabbalistic reasons behind them.
•    The Ramchal (whose actual name was Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto) was an outstanding Rabbi, Kabbalist and philosopher who wrote the book Mesillat Yesharim, an ethical treatise with mystical underpinnings that is studied world-wide until this very day. He claimed that the Jewish people who recite the Shema, which is the centerpiece of morning and evening prayers that proclaims the unity of G-d, without understanding the secret of the unification through Kabbalah are essentially calling out to G-d in vain.
•    The Vilna Gaon, or Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman Kramer, was a foremost leader of non-Hassidic Jewry in the eighteenth century and until this day. He wrote that those who are able to study the secrets of the Torah (Kabbalah), yet neglect to do so, will be judged harshly. Moreover, he claimed that the evil urge is powerless over those who are occupied in learning the secrets of the Torah.
•    The Baal Shem Tov, a Jewish mystical Rabbi who founded Hassidic Judaism explained that this generation, the one that is before the Final Redemption, have a special commandment to learn the hidden aspects of Torah and that the Final Redemption is dependent on such learning.