Jewish mystics believe that you should always have God’s
name in front of you. They take this from the Torah statement, “…and you shall put God’s name before you.”
A hamsa is an charm shaped like a hand, with three fingers extended in the middle and a thumb or pinky finger curved on either side. It is believed to protect against the “evil eye” and is a popular symbol in both Jewish and Middle Eastern jewelry. Where Does the Hamsa Get its Name?
The word “hamsa” comes from the Hebrew word “hamesh,” which means five. “Hamsa” refers to the five fingers on the good luck charm, but it is also believed to represent the five books of the Torah. It is sometimes referred to as the Hand of Miriam, after Moses’ sister.
In Islam, the hamsa is called the Hand of Fatima, in honor of one of the daughters of the Prophet Mohammed. Some say that in Islamic tradition the five fingers represent the Five Pillars of Islam.
Many scholars believe that the hamsa predates both Judaism and Islam, though no one is certain of its origin. Symbolism of the Hamsa
Hamsas always have the three extended middle fingers, but you will see variation in how the thumb and pinky fingers appear. Sometimes they are curved outwards, other times they are just significantly shorter than the middle fingers. Whatever their shape, the thumb and pinky finger are always symmetrical.
In addition to being shaped like an oddly formed hand, many hamsas will have an eye displayed in the palm of the hand. The eye is thought to be a powerful charm against the “evil eye.” The evil eye is a “look” that can cause bad luck for the person at whom it is directed. This “look” often originates with a person, though not always intentionally. In the Jewish religion, parents of a newborn child often put a hamsa in the baby’s stroller to ward off the evil eye of those who may be jealous or wish harm to the child. Legends about the evil eye give both regular people and those with certain powers the ability to cast the evil eye. Envy is most often cited as the unintentional source of the evil eye.
Other symbols that can appear on the hamsa include fish and Hebrew words. Fish are thought to be immune to the evil eye and are also symbols of good luck. Going along with the luck theme, “mazel” – meaning “luck” in Hebrew – is a word that is sometimes inscribed on the amulet. (Fish and the word “mazel” appear on the example above.)
Popular ways to hear the hamsa include as part of a jewelry design or on a key chain. It can also be displayed in your home as a decorative element. However it is displayed, the amulet is thought to bring good luck and happiness.
1.) Meditate on The Healing Hand’s symbols.
2.) Contemplate HaMakom’s (God’s) presence and healing power.
3.) Now, Feel HaMakom’s presence and healing power flow through you..
(Do this for Chai-18 minutes a day)
It has been said that this helps in the healing
process and has produced favorable results
for many people.
LIFE = “CHAI” (in Hebrew)
GOD IS ONE
8 sideways means:
GOD IS INFINITE
3 Spots mean:
TORAH, PRAYER, ACTS
4 Spots mean:
THE FOUR TIKKUNIM
(Areas of Healing)..
HEART, SOUL, MIND, WORLD
Crown of all-seeing eye:
watches to remind us…
DO GOOD FOR OTHERS!
Hebrew on fingers means:
“GOD, PLEASE HEAL US”
Hebrew on thumbs are:
ADONAI; HASHEM; YHVH