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Why is it called Ayin Hara (singular) shouldn't it be Anayim Raos (Plural)?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

I think the answer is way more simple that that offered in the other answer: The first person to give an Ayin Hara or attempt it was Billam. He had only one functional eye. Therefore we called it Ayin Hara.

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Do you have a source for his being the first? – msh210 Jul 18 '12 at 23:00

The Chida in his Sefer Pnei David says since it is the way of people to close one eye it is called Ayin Hara he only uses one eye!!

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What does that mean? – YRU Jun 30 '10 at 11:21

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