Hamsas are widely seen in Israel, from Jewish women wearing them to numerous shops displaying them. They are also popular throughout the Middle East and have spread around the world, being worn by celebrities, taxi drivers, and used in home decorations in addition to their prominent use among Jewish communities worldwide. They are made from many different materials and can be found as art, jewelry, pendants, and in a variety of other forms.
The history behind them is somewhat ambiguous as several cultures and religions use similar symbols. Muslims and Buddhists have long used the hamsa as a symbol of protection from the Evil Eye, each with their own stories regarding its origin. Similar symbols have been found in African and South American countries. Others have used it to represent strength, power and good luck.
Regardless of where the idea originated, the hamsa has become a symbol closely associated with Judaism. In Jewish practice, the hamsa flows along with teachings found in the Scriptures as well as the Talmud concerning the strong hand of God and protection from evil. Though the Torah warns against similar things, Shabbat 53b instructs that in certain situations, an amulet which has proven to be effective can be used. It is often used among some groups of Jews for weddings and Passover celebrations.
Hamsas are usually decorated with symbols and designs. Some are imprinted with Hebrew blessings or the Evil Eye symbol. Others contain gems or painted motifs.
In our online shop, we have a variety of hamsa items available for purchase: https://springnahal.store/collections/hamsas
Our range includes ceramic and metal wall hangings, shot glasses, and gold keychains. In addition, we have a wide selection of sterling silver, gold, and glass jewelry. Whether you are looking for a gift to give a loved one or appreciate the symbolism behind the hamsa, we have options that fit every budget.