Segula (Kabbalah)

For the Israeli moshav, see Sgula.

A segula (Hebrew: סגולה, pl. סגולות, segulot, "remedy" or "protection"[1]) is protective or benevolent charm or ritual in Kabbalistic and Talmudic tradition.[2][3]


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".[4]

List of segulot

Following is a list of popular segulot.

Fertility and childbirth

Protection from harm

Wearing a red string



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  2. 1 2 Rosner, Fred; Bleich, J. David; Brayer, Menachem M. (2000). Jewish Bioethics. KTAV Publishing House. p. 59. ISBN 0881256625.
  3. Finkelstein, Baruch; Finkelstein, Michal (2005). The Third Key: A Jewish couple's guide to fertility. Feldheim Publishers. p. 124. ISBN 1583303901.
  4. Chrysler, HaRav Eliezer. "Parshas Yisro: A Treasured Nation". Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  5. Lebovits, Moishe Dovid. "Lag BaOmer" (PDF). Halachically Speaking. p. 6. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  6. Lev, Barukh ben David (2003). There Is No Such Thing As Coincidence: And other stories of Divine Providence. 2. Feldheim Publishers. pp. 4546. ISBN 1583306153.
  7. Finman, Rabbi Herschel (2012). "What is the Function of the Kvatter?". Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  8. Weisberg, Chana (2004). Expecting Miracles: Finding meaning and spirituality in pregnancy through Judaism. Urim Publications. p. 134. ISBN 9657108519.
  9. Alpert, Yair (26 January 2010). "Rav Fischer's Segulah Miraculously Works By Not Working Saves Life of Baby". Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  10. 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..."
  11. Tannenbaum, Rabbi Gershon (10 February 2012). "The Red Strings of Kever Rochel". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  12. Rossoff, Dovid (October 1997). "Tomb of Rachel". The Jewish Magazine. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  13. Epstein, Donneal (2000). Halachos for the Traveler. Feldheim Publishers. p. 4. ISBN 1583304398.
  14. "Devarim 4:35". Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  15. Goldberger, Rabbi Moshe. "Learn the Secret: Discovering Hashem's constant presence in our lives". Targum Press. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  16. "The Mystical Power of Amuka". Hamodia. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  17. Kiel, Dvora (2007). When the Time is Right: Manifestations of Divine Providence in everyday life. Feldheim Publishers. p. 486. ISBN 9657371295.
  18. "Origin of the 40 Days". 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  19. "It's a Segulah". Jewish Treats. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  20. Rosner et al. (2000), pp. 5962.
  21. Lev (2003), p. 81.
  22. Danzinger, Rabbi Eliezer (2012). "Purchasing a New Knife for Rosh Hashanah". Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  23. "Old Jewish Book Outlines how to Turn Copper into Gold". Retrieved 2015-09-27.
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