The Authentic Red String is a symbol of great importance in not only in the Jewish religion, but to Kabbalah followers worldwide. Class Act Designs owners Fran & Judy just completed a class on Kabbalah with Rabbi Richard Camaras at Shom Rei Torah in West Hills, CA studying the origins and early leaders of Kabbalah. Each fellow classmate received one of Class Act Designs Bright Red silk ribbons to wear wrapped around their left wrist for all of the reasons stated in the below excerpt from www.Judaism.com:
The Red String
According to tradition, the red string is wound around the stone marker over Rachel’s grave seven times while reciting various Hebrew prayers such as Psalm 33, Ana B’Koach, and Asher Yatzar. The string is then cut into bracelet size lengths and is worn on the left hand as a symbolic request for spiritual and physical protection and blessings.
No one actually knows how or exactly when the custom wearing of a read string began. What we do know is that every detail contains deep significance.
The Concept of Rachel according to Kabbalah
The name Rachel is related to the Hebrew word rachil meaning “a lamb” or “sheep.” A lamb stands still while it is being sheared. This symbolizes humility. The lesson is that we must humble ourselves before God like a lamb before its master.
Rachel Emeinu (Our Mother) also represents the World of Speech. It represents another form of humility, in that speech has no “power” in and of itself. It merely reveals the thought of the one who is speaking. So too, we should submit ourselves to the Will of God.
The Ideals of Rachel
Just as Rachel did not envy Leah’s good fortune, similarly we pray that no one envy our success. Just as Rachel prayed for children and was answered, we pray that the childless be blessed with children. And just as Rachel was cured of her affliction, so too may the ill be returned to good health.
The Concept of a String and the Color Red
Every morning, “a thread of grace prevails” and God renews the world for another day. The string symbolizes that “thread of grace.”
The Hebrew word for “red,” adom, emphasizes the unique relationship between man and his Creator. For example, adom is related to many words such as adama “earth”, dam, ‘blood,” adam “man,” and Adam HaElyon, “Supernal man.” Red also reminds us of teshuva, the need to return to God by improving our ways. As the sages say, “If your sins be as crimson, they will be as white as snow.”
Seven Times and the Left Hand
The “seven times” correspond to seven days of the week, symbolizing the need for God’s constant protection. It also symbolizes the seven emotional attributes, the seven times a bride encircles a groom, and the seven Godly emanations (sefirot). It may also recall the merit of the seven Holy Shepherds responsible for bringing the Devine Presence down to Earth.
It is also known that the left heart is full of blood and is home to Nefesh, the vitalizing animal soul in a person. Wearing the string around the left hand reminds the person of the “battle” that must be waged against one’s selfish urges.
The number 33 correlates to the concept of the teshuva, as the Talmud (Sanhedrin 103a) states that “the wicked King Menashe repented for 33 years and God received him.” We also find that the 33rd day between Passover and the Feast of the Weeks (Shavuot) is a time that is associated with elevation and situations changing for the better.
The Psalm itself consists of three parts: an introduction, a middle part consisting of seven “sections” of recognition, and a conclusion thanking and praising God for his deliverance.
This mystical poem consists of seven lines with six words per line. The total of 42 words corresponds to one of the Holy Names of God. The initial letters of each word also refer to this Holy Name. Interestingly, the Jewish people made 42 stops on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Each step represented another step on the ladder of holiness. According to the founder of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, each individual must make the same spiritual journey during his/her lifetime. Perhaps saying this mystical poem is a way of asking for God’s assistance and protection during these 42 stages of one’s life.
Wearing the Red String
As you can see from all this, the Red String Bracelet is a means, rather than an end. It serves as a channel to help awaken ourselves and to the One Above our desire for connection and protection. Wearing the Red String signals your intention to open yourself up to receive God’s blessings by trying to become a better person by performing acts of goodness and kindness, and by remembering that humility is not only an attribute of God, it is the sign of a Godly person. Finally, wearing the Red String signals your belief in the righteous merit of our Rachel Emeinu (Our Mother).
May all our requests for blessings be fulfilled.
We are upgrading this beautiful concept to our 100% silk red ribbons! We highly recommend any Kabbalah follower to try our red ribbon–it lasts longer and looks better! Below is a picture of our red ribbon, Bright Red #159:
Bright Red #159
We have enjoyed a profound experience together in this class learning about the founders and teachings of Kabbalah. Our practice of living righteously in our world will continue through our lifetimes as we wear the “thread of grace.” Get your own personal Thread of Grace directly from us by ordering our Bright Red silk ribbon here: http://classactdesigns.com/retail/bright-red.html.
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