The Torah in Leviticus 19:26 prohibits the following of omens, also known as issur nichush. I am curious what the dividing line between a Segulah, which are kabbalistic charms or signs of certain fortune and nichush is, because both seem to involve prediction of an event because of some supernatural force unrelated. Why does Halacha allow the former but not the latter?

  • What is a segulah, what is a nichush, and how do you think they are similar are details that will improve your question
    – Dude
    Apr 14 at 23:35
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    How do you know a segulah is a kabbalistic charm or sign? What is a kabbalistic charm or sign? How do you know a segulah predicts an event?
    – Dude
    Apr 15 at 0:52
  • It's a whole discussion in the Gemara. The best English language book I am aware of is amazon.com/Faith-Folly-Occult-Torah-Perspective/dp/0873065360
    – N.T.
    Apr 15 at 3:35
  • @N.T. Which gemara Apr 15 at 15:16
  • Chullin beginning of seventh perek iirc.
    – N.T.
    Apr 15 at 19:11


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