Sefirot Hamsa

November 2004
Sterling silver

The hamsa is a classic symbol of protection in both Judaic and Arabic cultures. The name of the hand-shaped amulet actually comes from the Arabic word for "five," a reference to the five fingers. Sometimes known as a God's Hand or the Hand of Fatima, the hamsa usually has an eye depicted in the palm to help ward off the Evil Eye. That is replaced that here with the Sefirot, the kabbalistic tree of life or Ten Emanations that represent the various attributes of God and make up the core of Kabbalistic theology. An eleventh "hidden" Sefirah is sometimes depicted, which is included here for the sake of design.