Are Amulets considered Practical Kabbalah? Do they work?
Amulets are on the border between Practical Kabbalah and an external
manifestation of Kabbalah, such as name calculation.
There is a source for amulets in the Torah. When a great sage writes Holy Names,
(without pronouncing them)
on parchment and puts it into a container which is worn by the recipient, it can
possess healing and spiritual powers.
At the beginning of the Baal Shem Tov life, since he was a healer, he used
Sometimes the amulet works because of the faith of the recipient in the
spiritual power of the amulet.
At the end of his life, the Baal Shem Tov never worte the Names of God, only his
own signature, Yisrael ben Sara or Yisrael ben Eliezer.
This was the ultimate amulet given by the Baal Shem Tov.
We know that the Rebbe of Lubavitch gave dollars to people for the sake of
He gave an actual physical gift, but it was connected to the spiritual mitzvah
of charity, in the merit of which blessings could be affected.
The sages say that whoever receives a coin from the hands of Job (a tzaddik)
receives a blessing.
This is the source in the Talmud that receiving a coin from a great tzaddik
brings with it a blessing. Thus we see that there are amulets that are
The determining factor is the righteousness and intentions of the person giving