The New York Post’s Page Six reported on February 3rd that Leonardo DiCaprio did not convert to Kabbalah. The internet flamed on with speculation after the actor was photographed while meeting Pope Francis and at the SAG Awards wearing a simple red string around his wrist. A red string tied around the left wrist has been used for centuries by Kabbalists for connection to Rachel the Matriarch, the favorite of Biblical patriarch Jacob’s two wives. According to Kabbalah, Rachel’s greatest desire and purpose in life was to protect and defend all of her children from evil, and for this reason she evokes the element of protection from the universe. The Red String that is produced by the Kabbalah Center is taken to Rachel’s tomb in Israel, and through the power of the three letter sequence Aleph Lamed Daled, it is imbued with the essence of protection. The Red String is worn on the left wrist because that is the receiving side of the body and soul, and the protective energy is sealed within while intercepting negative influences that exist in the world. The string that DiCaprio was photographed wearing apparently was given to him on a visit to Cambodia at a Buddhist temple, and is worn to bring good luck.
Kabbalah is not a religion, so one doesn’t really convert when studying the ancient teachings of the Zohar, the definitive text of Kabbalah. It is recognized as a technology for connection to the upper realms of reality, of which our material existence is referred to as the 1% reality; the 9 other dimensions remain hidden from humankind as a kind of proving ground for the soul of each individual. The Kabbalists affirm that there is no separation between individuals; that we are all connected to the one true source, and our incarnation as human beings is a step in the journey back to our original state, which is perfect and unified. The study of Kabbalah was prohibited for centuries, available to only a select and chosen few, but through the work and efforts of the founders of the Kabbalah Center International, The Rav Berg, who passed away in 2013, and his wife Karen, Kabbalah and the teachings of the Zohar are now available to all. There are centers all over the world, as well as here in New York City, located on East 48th Street.
The jewelry designer Rachel Brown has studied Kabbalah for fifteen years, and is a frequent student at the center in Midtown. She has created a jewelry collection that is inspired by her devotion to her study of the Zohar and the principles of Kabbalah, and states that it is her greatest dream to be able to combine her lifelong passion for designing beautiful things with the spiritual fulfillment she endlessly receives through her study of Kabbalah. “My jewelry is based on Kabbalistic meditations composed of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet which Kabbalah recognizes as the DNA of the universe; thus, my pieces are engraved with Hebrew letters expressing variations of those meditations.” According to Kabbalah, the spiritual power behind the meditations connects one to “mind over matter”, total control of one’s life, and to a realm of bliss where no chaos exists. In “The 72 Names of God: Technology for the Soul”, Yehuda Berg, a son of the Kabbalah Center’s founders, states that “The power of the 72 Names of God operates strictly on a soul level, not a physical one. It’s about spirituality, not religiosity. Instead of being limited by the differences that divide people, the wisdom of the Names transcends humanity’s age old quarrels and belief systems to deal with one common bond that unifies all people and all nations as one – the human soul.”
Brown points out that it is enough to scan the symbols from the right to the left to receive the power from the Names; one does not need to read Hebrew or the ancient language of Aramaic that is the language of the Zohar. She reminds a wearer of her jewelry that Kabbalah states “the eyes are the windows of the soul”, so that when one scans the Hebrew letter combinations a spiritual technology takes place as the soul connects to and downloads these energies. These symbols are engraved and embossed on crystals, metals such as bronze and sterling silver and 24 carat gold plate, as well as leather cuffs and ID bracelets. There are rings that can be piled on the finger or worn solo, and she also has a line of children’s jewelry. Brown contributes a percentage of each sale to Spirituality For Kids, a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to ending the suffering of vulnerable children around the world.
For those who study Kabbalah, or who just want to experiment with wearing the Names as protection, Brown is holding a trunk show this weekend at Olive & Bette’s on Madison Avenue. A large selection from her collection is available to try on and to purchase, and a gift of a shema bracelet goes with every purchase. Champagne will be served, and visitors are welcome to explore the boutique as well. Olive & Bette’s stocks a variety of trendy clothes and accessories for girls of every age. The Kabbalah jewelry trunk show is only taking place at the East Side boutique through Sunday. The Rachel Brown Jewelry collection is unisex, and is also available online at www.rachelbrownjewelry.com.
Olive & Bette’s
1070 Madison Ave,
New York, NY 10028