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Assuming that kameot (Jewish amulets) do provide some real protection (not simply putting the mind of the wearer at ease) how/why do they work? Meaning, why would writing the various obscure names of God, angels and abbreviations of verses which are then worn by someone prevent the wearer from harm?

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  • What kind of answer are you hoping for here? Isn't this a little like asking "how does davening for a refua shelaima heal a person?" – yoel Nov 29 '12 at 18:33
  • @yoel maybe it's just that simple ie it works because chazal say it works. i'm curious if there is something more. perhaps like a mezuzah where harmful forces see the name of God and are afraid or not giving dominion to harm. or if wearing these various names gives a person spiritual abilities she wouldn't otherwise have. basically i'm looking for a better understanding of the underlying principles - if there are none then i would accept that answer (sourced) as well. – user2110 Nov 29 '12 at 18:46
  • Why do you assume that they do work in some other manner than psychologically helping the person? – RCW Nov 29 '12 at 19:35
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    ...like a mezuzah where harmful forces see the name of God and are afraid or not giving dominion to harm. Umm... where did you get that from? – jake Nov 29 '12 at 19:39
  • Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but there is a section on written amulets here, and Kraig's Modern Magick has a lot to say about the how-to aspect of it. He may discuss theory; I'm not certain. – cartomancer Aug 11 '13 at 17:21

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