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Unread 08-15-2002, 01:54 PM   #1
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Ayin Hara

What sources are there for acknowledging or ignoring ayin haras? I know that the Gemara says that 99% of the people in a certain cemetery were said to have died of ayin hara. On the other hand, what's the source that says that if you don't acknowledge ayin haras in your life, you are not affected by them?
Also, how does that work? The way I understand ayin hara, it's when people look at others in a negative way that stimulates a question up Above as to whether the person really deserves whatever it is that was looked at askance. So how would a red bendel help? How would ignoring the ayin hara phenomenon help?
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Unread 08-15-2002, 03:14 PM   #2
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Do you mean the gemoro of man d'kopid kapdinan leh (it only harms someone who worries about it/ gives it credence)?

Btw, there are meforshim that explain that this is the whole inyan of heipach brocho - by Bilam horosho he was constantly looking upon klall Yisroel to see their faults to be m'orer not good things, and HKB"H was mehapech it litov by causing him to see the good things -Mah tovu.... There is probably a serious lesson here somewhere...
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Unread 08-16-2002, 02:01 AM   #3
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Apparently Chabad does not give a major amount of credence to the whole Ayin Hara Inyan... it's not really brought up much.
Are we Davka against the idea, or Stam it's not important?
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Unread 08-16-2002, 07:41 AM   #4
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Does Tomim tihyeh v'go' preclude being involved in these worries?
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Unread 08-16-2002, 02:24 PM   #5
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That's an interesting question...
But isn't a lot of Kabbala dedicated to this sort of thing?
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Unread 12-04-2002, 08:09 PM   #6
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I can think of three times Rashi mentions ayin hara in sefer Bereishis:

1) Lech Lecha 16:5 Sarah's giving Hagar an ayin hara, and Hagar's miscarrying as a result

2) Vayeira 21:14 Hagar carried Yishmael because Sarah gave him an ayin hara and he couldn't walk

3) Miketz 42:5 Yaakov told the shevatim not to enter Egypt together via one gate so that no ayin hara have power of them since they were all handsome and strong

any others? any others in Chumash? Nach?
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Unread 12-05-2002, 06:26 PM   #7
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See also Pesachim 50b where it mentions several buisnesess that people will never get profit from it and Rashi says that by one of them it is because of Ayin Horah.
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Unread 08-12-2003, 04:11 PM   #8
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in this memoir I'm reading, the 15 year old girl goes to Satu Mare (Satmar) to visit her uncle (the Satmar Rebbe) and aunt. While there she started feeling dizzy and nauseous, and her body ached. Her aunt checked her temperature, then rushed out of the room. When she returned she said that she and her uncle had reason to believe that someone, possibly an elderly, childless woman, had placed an ayin hara on her.

Her uncle prepared a remedy to wipe away the spell. She was to count backwards while her aunt dipped remnants of bread into water. Before long the remedy worked and she began to feel better.

The author says: How can one explain this phenomenon? Nowadays, when a child feels ill, his parents rush him to the doctor. In Europe, however, it was common to consider certain sicknesses the result of an ayin hara.
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Apparently Chabad does not give a major amount of credence to the whole Ayin Hara Inyan... it's not really brought up much.
Are we Davka against the idea, or Stam it's not important?
the rebbe brings the inyan of ayin hara in lekutei sichot vol 32 page 151.
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Unread 08-13-2003, 02:00 PM   #10
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TZENAH U'RENAH, in V'ESCAHANAN I think, connects ayin hora with the tenth commandment, the prohibition of coveting.

In modern societies, the wealthy and successful are the subjects of ayin hora which originates in a whole class of politicians and activists, involving whole societies ultimately in theft and even murder.

There is a strong yetzer for theft that motivates all of this, so much so that it leads to sinas chinam, as the modern political coveter frequently doesn't want someone else's wealth, he just wants to deprive the owner in the name of eonomic justice or some such...
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Unread 09-19-2004, 01:39 AM   #11
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Re: Sources for Ayin Hara

I remember seeing a video of the Rebbe telling someone at "Dollars," that Ayin Horah doesn't effect people who aren't so meticulous about it.
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