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Is there a source in the gemara for "Blei Gissen" (pouring lead)?

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner when asked regarding Blei Gisen for an Ayin Hara said that a procedure which is not mentioned in the Mishna, Gemara, Rishonim, Shulchan Aruch, & Achronim should not be done. He ...
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Posuk for the name Golda

Here is a Posuk that starts with a Gimel and ends with an Aleph איוב פרק-יג-ט"ז גַּם הוּא לִי לִישׁוּעָה כִּי לֹא לְפָנָיו חָנֵף יָבוֹא Here is a nifty website where you can look up Pesukim that ...
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What is the source for saying Parshas Hamon is a Segullah for Parnassah?

According to R. Amnon Bazak, there is no source, and it in fact goes against tradition. Although the custom to recite "Parshat ha-Man" appears in the first siman of Shulchan Aruch, there it is a ...
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Dipping fingers in Havdalah Wine

An early source for this is the Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer (ch. 20) which states that it is a mitsvah to add some water to the havdala cup and drink it to show love for the mitsvot, and to put some of the ...
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Is there a source in the gemara for "Blei Gissen" (pouring lead)?

Rav Aharon Yuda Grossman discusses this practice in his sefer of Su"t "ודרשת וחקרת". He ascribes it to a tradition among the "yekari yerushalim" that is recognized as medically helpful by those who ...
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When something is lost, tie a knot

The practice of tying a knot to find a lost object is found in wiccan practice , and may have originated in ancient Greek culture Furthermore, even if these foreign practice somehow snuck into Jewish ...
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Eating the foreskin at a brit milah

This custom is is at least ~600 years old, as it is mentioned in a responsum by R. Solomon ben Simon Duran. Shu"t HaRashbash siman 518 מכל מקום יצא לנו לפי זה איסור למה שנהגו לבלוע ערלת הזכרים ...
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Burying sheimos is a segula for a pandemic?

See Source for eulogizing for sheimos? for the 4 sources he brought for this. He finished the hesped with the following quote from the Sefer Mat'amim, p. 190 (couldn’t find the sefer on the Otzar ...
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Is there a source in the gemara for "Blei Gissen" (pouring lead)?

Other answers have attempted to demonstrate that there is no source in the Talmud for pouring lead to remove ayin hara. I agree with those answers, that there is no such source. However, this false ...
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Zohar and the Yetzer Hara

This is basically stated by the Pele Yoets (entry: Zohar) who writes: למוד ספר הזוהר נשגב מאד לטהר ולקדש הנפש ואפילו אי לא ידע מאי קאמר...ראוי לכל אדם ליקח לו ספר הזוה"ק ולא יעבור מלקרוא הפרשה מדי ...
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Nishmas Kol Chai for 40 Days

I haven't found the source for why specifically 40 days, but in this essay, Rabbi Stel explains the origins of the segulah of saying Nishmat for any sort of trouble that befalls a person. It's long ...
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Maftir Yonah riches?

The minhag definitely seems to have some roots in the Lubavitcher chassidus. HoRav Gavriel Zinner shlita in his Nitei Gavriel on Yom Kippur 62:16 writes as follows: העולה לתורה שלישי מפטיר בספר יונה ...
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Good and Bad Omen - on something that can be calculated in advance

It doesn't make sense to say that something predictable and cyclical is a bad omen. It's like saying the seasons, which occur every year, are a bad omen. The case of eclipses are just further apart. ...
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May women wear tefillin as an amulet?

The Mishna Berura (301 sk 158) quotes an argument among Rishonim and Achronim about whether a woman who finds Tefillin in public on Shabbat may wear them as amulets to "carry" them back to a safe ...
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Is it appropriately Jewish to use Psalms as a form of talisman?

Maimonides seems to draw a distinction between recitation of verses, such as Psalms as an expression of the mitzva (to study Torah) which is permitted and recitation of verses as a form of a talisman. ...
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Should single men not sit at corner of the table?

Poking around on the Internet I couldn't find any references to this particular adage. But the concept is simple enough, I think, that its source can be inferred. Historically, parents (mothers in ...
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sources that neatness brings brocho/mazal

It says in Pesachim 111b " איסרא דעניותא נבל שמיה" "The angel over poverty is called dirt" Rashi, however interprets it as being unclean regarding bread
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Saying a pasuk to scare dogs

Yes. this is something that is said in the gemara in order to protect one from dogs. As an example Rav David Silverberg The Gemara in Masekhet Berakhot (56b) comments that if a person dreams ...
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Posuk for the name Golda

Following correct Yiddish orthography, 'Golda', in Hebrew letters, should be spelled with an 'א' at the end. This doesn't leave too many options for verses beginning & ending with those letters. ...
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The Forty Challah Bakers

In short: There is no source. Rav Shlomo Aviner: ש: יש סגולה ש-40 נשים יפרישו חלה כולן יחד ביום שישי, וזה יביא ישועה למציאת זיווג, רפואה או זרע של קיימא. האם בשעת צורך אפשר שחלקים יפרישו ביום ...
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How/Why do amulets work?

I think you are undervaluing the impact that the wearer's mind has on the effect of the amulet. For the sake of the argument let's just say that the amulet is a placebo. Most people erroneously think ...
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Does the Havtacha in the Igeres Haramban apply to everyone?

I had the same doubt a few weeks back and asked Rabbi Shimcha Bart at Chabad.org, His answer was that there is a machloket here. Some great Talmidei chachamim would say this applies to only his son ...
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Is there a source for this Segulah to help somebody become pregnant?

I found a close iteration of this segula here "Segulos for Zera Kayama – Better Than a Segulah" https://www.betterthanasegulah.org/free-services/segulos/segulos-for-zera-kayama/ Number 23: ...
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Knife on top of door lintel- segulah

This superstition seems to not be specifically Jewish. See The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland here, which states: A knife stuck into a mast or a door lintel is good luck. ...
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Saying a pasuk to scare dogs

The Dubno Maggid is quoted as including the following in one of his derashos: “A yeshiva rebbe once decided to take his students on a walk through the forest. ‘Now boys,’ he told them, ‘we’re ...
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40 days at the Kotel

As the question you linked to states, this is a recent custom and essentially it depends on why you are doing 40 days at the Kotel. If you made a vow, then it would depend on what you had in mind. If ...
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Keeping your Tzitzis out as a segulah for shemiras einayim - Mishnah Berurah?

The Mishnah Berurah (24:5) mentions this as a segulah of the mitzvah of tzitzit in general: ומצוה זו מציל האדם מן החטא דכתיב ולא תתורו וגו' למען תזכרו וגו' והייתם קדושים ואף דכל שאר המצות אין בהם ...
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sources that neatness brings brocho/mazal

Going out on a limb here. The sister sugya to yours is in Sanhedrin 20a. There the Yad Ramah says that 'this practice is similar to the people who set up a table for Gad (which is assur) except that ...
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