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Red String Bracelet? What is It Exactly?

What is it about the color red thread, worn around the wrist?






What is it about a red string or a red colorful bracelet that attracts so many in so many cultures across the world?


Speaking from the Judaica perspective, we call this simple, traditional bracelet a bendel bracelet

A red string bendel bracelet, or a Kabbalah red string bracelet works just as well.

Our “red thread” bracelets, accented with a tiny charm (protective eye, star, hamsa), are one of our most popular items sold in our line of jewelry.

With the popularity of Kabbalah studies on the rise these days, these red threads can truly be seen almost everywhere.

The Book of Splendor (Zohar) tells us that the red thread invokes the protective power of the matriarch Rachel, who guards the wearer like her own child.  

You can read about Rachel on our blog here.

Speaking as a company with two generations of Jewish mothers (and descended from many more), trust us—this is a very good thing

According to other interpretations, the red string bracelet also protects you against diseases, poverty and curses.

But here’s a mind-blower.


It’s not just a Jewish thing..while India is significantly east of our frame of reference, there is apparently a parallel Hindu tradition. 

In India, the red thread is called Mauli, Mouli, Kalava, Charadu, Nada Chadi, Raksha, Rakshi….and if I’m getting it wrong, sorry!

The primary purpose of this “Mouli” is to act as a reminder to achieve your goal.  The symbolic thread triggers thoughts about the goal and constantly reminds you to continue on wards. 

But, Hindus do interpret the Kalava, the red string, also as an amulet for protection, much like the bendel bracelet.

It is thought to defend the wearer against everything from enemies to natural disasters. 

In Buddhism, the color red is a symbol to remind oneself of showing compassion to all.  And, it actually rules the tongue; for the tongue can cut deeper than the sword.   

But, it doesn’t stop in the east.

In South America, is it also customary in the Latino culture to tie a red string to ward off mal de ojo, or bad vibes.  

Babies are often seen with a red string on their wrists or ankles as a sign of protection. 

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In Chrisitianity, the words from the Book of Genesis 38 mentions the red string to “worn off misfortunes.” 

Red is the symbol of fire, blood and Pentecost, becoming the color of the martyred saints.

And thus, very popular among those of the Christian faith as well.

But of course, we shouldn’t close without mentioning the Chinese belief of wearing the red string.

It is known as the “string of fate.”

This powerful string, even if only an image of ones' mind, is to bind two individuals by the supreme power of love and mutual trust. 

The power to stick to one another, through thick or thin of life. 

This isn’t only for soulmates in love, but also parents, friends, siblings and to those that add value to our whole existence. 


It has also been told that when an entire family wears the red string, it is like a spiritual blessing for everyone which lasts for generations. 

It makes the family members connect better and act as one another’s support in times of need. 

In many of Alef Bet’s bendels, the red thread is woven through a gorgeous 925 sterling chain-link bracelet by Roberto, our amazing "bendel man" since 1999.

We've been blessed more than he has with such a loyal employee!

You know, the general idea seems to be that you wear the string until it naturally disintegrates or falls off with normal wear and tear.

And when it does, it’s totally up to you to decide if you want to replace the red thread of continue without it. 

Good ideas know no boundaries!

Wear your red thread bracelet, by any name, in good health!

You know, with all superstitions, the belief or the “outcome” does fall in the heart and soul of the believer.

You ultimately decide your own destiny.

But a little luck and protection never hurt either.


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