More Celebrities Are Wearing Kabbalah Bracelets

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What are Kabbalah Bracelets, and why are Madonna and every other celebrity wearing one? Not only worn for protection against an "evil eye", Kabbalah Bracelets are also a hot fashion trend among many celebrities.

Traditionally worn on the left wrist to ward off an evil eye, the thin red string bracelet known as a Kabbalah Bracelet, seems to have taken the fashion scene by storm. Some say the celebrity craze of wearing Kabbalah Bracelets started with Madonna years ago.

It has become so popular in the last few years, that American celebrities like Michael Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mick Jagger, Zac Afron and Doctor Who's Billie Piper are now wearing them. Even non-Jews have taken to wearing the red string bracelets, some to make a fashion statement, with others truly believing in the spiritual significance of Kabbalah.

Kabbalah Bracelets can be found for as little as $6.00 - after all, it is only red string - to hundreds of dollars. Retailers and mail order companies like Lucky Eyes have noticed the increased interest in this fashion trend, and are selling gold-plated Kabbalah Bracelets with a Star of David, sterling silver and Lucky Eyes with Swarovski crystals.

Kabbalah Bracelets can also be found sporting precious and semi-precious stones and diamonds. However, these bracelets don't look anything like the traditional red string Kabbalah Bracelets.

"Kabbalah is a Hebrew word meaning “tradition” or “that which is received. Followers of Kabbalah today say it is not a religion, but it is about improving one’s life from a spiritual point of view. Although it stems from Jewish mysticism, its spiritual power is universal and is intended for all humankind," says Kabbalah. com.

Not everyone is convinced celebrities are wearing Kabbalah Bracelets because of their deep faith. There is some criticism that they're wearing the bracelets only as a fashion statement. "Jodi Katzeff, president of Hillel, said that the celebrities who have made Kabbalah famous by wearing the red strings are making a mockery of something sacred to the Jewish religion. “I think it’s offensive; it’s taking almost all of the sacredness out of it,” the Western Gazette reports.

Whatever their spiritual beliefs, there's no doubt we'll be seeing Kabbalah Bracelets on the wrists of a lot more American celebrities in the years to come.

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