Why do Jews say “kine hara?” One psychiatrist unpacks the term — and explains why you shouldn’t use it.
There’s a long history of spitting to ward off hexes. Philologos explains this unpleasant custom, and also why the ‘evil eye’ is sometimes referred to as the ‘canary.’
The world can seem hopeless sometimes. That’s why there’s a woman in Jerusalem called the ‘Evil Eye Remover’ who can remove any kind of curse for the reasonable price of $101.
I am 30 — the age when, among other things, you begin to stop hearing from your friends for about three months. Then finally, at the end of 12 weeks, you get a Sunday afternoon call announcing what you knew already: She is pregnant, and at the end of her first trimester. I’ve experienced this disappearing act a few times already with relatives and good friends. Each time, I’ve been thrilled to hear the now-public news. But at the same time, I was uneasy about the fact that it was a kept from me.
When my uncle died at 60 from a stroke last year, my aunt, who is not particularly religious, threw herself into reading about the Jewish rituals around death. Among the many edicts were instructions not to go to movies or parties, during the 30 days after a loved one’s death. And my aunt quickly found out why. When she tried to go to a large fundraiser at a fancy hotel, she got as far as the door — just the sound of glasses clinking and muffled laughter was enough to send her running; it’s depressing to be around joyous, drunk people when your own world has just collapsed.