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Why I Wear a Red String Around My Wrist

Why I Wear a Red String Around My Wrist

I am very fortunate. Why? Because I have an interesting circle of friends and acquaintances from all walks of life. Americans who are Asian, Hispanic, and Black, and people on almost every continent and dozens of countries that my husband and I know from work and travel. They are Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Jews; young, old, and in-between; religiously observant and not. Yet as diverse as they are, I have found that they all have one thing in common: They all seem to notice the simple red string around my wrist and ask me about it.

It’s rare to be able to say, “I have a personal FAQ”—but I do. And it’s “Why are you wearing a red string?

My response is as interesting and compelling to my friends and acquaintances as their wide-ranging histories and cultural practices are to me. But more significantly—my response always inspires the same reaction from each and every one of them.

Why I Wear a Red String

This is my response when they ask me why I wear a red string around my wrist:

“I wear this red string around my wrist as a talisman because it is thought to have magical powers of protection. It is said to ward off misfortune and attract good luck. It’s a tradition associated with some of the most observant forms of Orthodox Judaism and Kabbalah. While I am not Orthodox, I believe in its power.”

The string is made from thin red wool, and I am sure it is not a coincidence that it is such a vibrant shade of this powerful hue. I wear it on my left wrist, nearest to my heart. Seven tiny knots secure it. My husband, Shelly, wears one as well.

Honey wears a Red String Around her Wrist

The Rules of the Red String

As part of this ritual, you must never cut off the string. It has to fall off the wearer on its own accord, at which time a loved one ties another red string around the wearer’s wrist.

My last string stayed on my wrist for exactly one year to the day. And the one I am currently wearing is approaching that benchmark, and I am curious to see how long it will last.

Where the Tradition Comes From

In fact, the custom of wearing the red string dates back to biblical times, as is mentioned in Genesis 38. But today, thanks to many celebrities who have embraced this tradition (such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mick Jagger, and dozens more), it is most associated with Judaism’s Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible.

After I explain the meaning of the string to someone, I always get the same questions, which in truth makes it clear anyone can embrace this practice. So I am sharing them with you, dear readers, in the event that you want to embrace this tradition.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Red String

  1. Do I have to be Jewish to wear a red string?
    No.  Anyone can embrace this tradition. The red string represents an article of faith in a number of different beliefs.  
  2. Do you have an extra string to tie on my wrist? 
    I only tie the red string on my family or my dearest friends. So my answer always depends on who is asking. But the lesson for you is that if this is something you can embrace yourself, since red strings can be purchased online, and passed on to others whom you want to touch in a meaningful way.
  3. Will it matter if I wear it on my right wrist? 
    Yes. It is worn on the left wrist because the left side of the body is the receiving side.
  4. How long will my string stay on my wrist if I am lucky enough to have one?
    There is no set time. It depends on the wearer.  As I mentioned above, my last red string stayed on my wrist for a year.
  5. How will I replace my red string when it falls off on its own?
    My red strings are from Jerusalem. I get them at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem from religious Jewish women for a small donation. I will only wear red strings from Israel because these women bless them, and that holds great meaning for me. However, you can purchase them online.
  6. How do you feel wearing your red string?
    I feel protected by something “bigger.” I feel closer to my religion. I know I am portraying who I am.
  7. What’s the best place to buy a red string online?
    I do not endorse any one source, but these are sold by many online sources, including Amazon, the Kabbalah Centre, and more.

Never Run Out of Red String

So far, I have never run out of strings for my family and close friends. And that’s a good thing because I can’t tell you how often I receive emails and texts with this message:

“My red string fell off! I feel lost without it! Please send another one soon…if you can!”

I can and I do. Thank goodness I brought back a number of “blessed red strings from Israel” last time I was there. And next time I go, I will be sure to deepen my stash. After all, and fortunately for me, my world of family and friends is always expanding.

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  1. This is a prescient reminder that there’s something more mystical, spiritual than a world of materiality. Thank you for sharing this wise tale. P

  2. hi! thank you so much for explaining all of this. I trully appreciate it.
    I have a question. I know you said that it cannot be cut, however, this happened to me: I asked my mom to tie it for me, but she tied it too loose and it bothers me more than it should. It bothers me to an extent that I cannot even look at it. She says that maybe there is a sign for me to have it like that. So, what should I do!??

    1. You can cut it off under the circumstances but don’t throw it away. Put it on your perfume tray or in a box. If you chose to wear the red string, it must be tied on tightly around your wrist. Warmly, Honey

      1. Hi, question? I tied the string on my 8yr old, his wrist is small so the 2 sides are too long and hanging, Is it ok if I cut it to make it shorter?

  3. Hi Honey sorry not sure if you would even read this message, but I am a true believer of the kabbalah red bracelet. I have been wearing them for years since my very first one, one of my best friends who is jewish tied it on my left wrist. I want to ask you, what should I do with the ones that break off? Should I keep them or toss them. What’s the process?
    Thanks again for taking the time to read this message. I’ve learned few things about it since reading your post.

    1. I do not keep them. I immediately have a new one tied on my rest. I carry a red string with me at all times in a tiny pillbox with a photo of the Eiffel Tower on the top because I love Paris.It is my pleasure reading your message. Warmly, Honey

      1. Hi Honey! I appreciate the article, but I have a question in relation to the treatment of a red string that breaks. I heard I should burn it, is it true? Thank you!

  4. So, who has to tie this string on my wrist? Can I do it myself? And, does it have to be a specific material of the string?

    1. Someone who loves you has to do it. Tie it tight. Seven knots. Left wrist closest to your heart. Red thread or red yarn. Hope this helps. Warmly, Honey

  5. Due to my job, I can not wear my red string on my wrist. Is it just as effective on my left ankle?

    1. It sure is!!! One of my girlfriend’s husband who is very religious wears his red string on his ankle. Warmly, Honey

    2. Hi Honey, i was so blessed and all my financial problem been solved that time i wear my red string bracelet believe me or not the day i resolved my biggest problem in my financial.. the also my red string fell off into my hands.. i am pretty sure it tied totally because it just 5 months since i bought it.. they told me i was cleansed and red bracelet already absorbed all the my problems and all the negatives vibes in my life.. my question what i am going to do with my red string which already fell off and i can’t use anymore cause it loosen all the string.. should i throw it or keep it with me.. thanks for your reply..

        1. You don’t have to take it off. It should fall off naturally. Mine has been on for a year!!!! I bathe a lot.:) Happy New Year. Warmly, Honey

  6. Hi Honey! I appreciate the article, but I have a question in relation to the treatment of a red string that breaks. I heard I should burn it, is it true? Thank you!

      1. I was told the same.
        However, I was told to burn it outside of my house so that all of the bad vibes/spirits do not enter my home or my body.
        And also to wrap it around my wrist or ankle 12 times.

        1. It is unnecessary to burn the red string. I have never heard of that. Tie the red string around your wrist and knot it 7 times. Hope this helps. Warmly, Honey

  7. Thank you so much for this beautiful post. I have been wearing a red string for a couple of months now. The first one became too tight and uncomfortable, and I finally gave in and cut it off. This one I tied looser, and for a couple of weeks it was comfortable, but now I find that it’s getting tight too! How do people manage to wear them a year, or until they break? Thanks 🙂

    1. Mine has been on over a year with no problem so I cannot give you an answer from my experiences. My husbands lasted a year and I just tied another one on his wrist a few weeks ago. Maybe it is the type of red string material you are using? Mine is a light wool from the Wall in Jerusalem. I am not aware that it is on my wrist unless I am looking at it. Good luck. Warmly, Honey

    1. Anyone may cut it and yes, you can. I was just looking at my red string. It has been on my wrist for over a year! Warmly, Honey

  8. I just got my red string today. It has it beads that serve as its lock so I just tied it myself. Would that be fine ? Or I should ask a love one to remove it and tie it back? Hope you can read this. Thank u .

    1. To make your red string even more special have someone you love retie it on you.Then you will have your memory and your red string. Warmly, Honey

    2. Hi! I got my red string and wore it right away. It has a lock so I easily just locked it. Should I wear it again and knot it 7times? Also, are there do’s and don’ts in wearing one? My friend said you’re not allowed to wear it inside church (I’m a Catholic), in a wake, or cementery. I feel so worried because I’ve worn it inside our church and during a visit in my uncle’s wake.

      1. You can go into any church and cemetery with your red string. Your red string guards and protects you 24/7 wherever you are. It is lovely that you wore it in your church and to your Uncle’s wake.Knot it 7 times if possible and enjoy your red string. Warmly, Honey

  9. Hi, just wear my red string bracelet today but my husband tie it too loose, can i retie it? i mean can we removed it and tie it again?

  10. i really hope you can read this. my string was too short to be tied 7 times, i was just able to tie 5 is that okay? because my red string has like gems/beads in it like designs.

    1. It will work. Don’t worry. As long as you have the red string around your wrist you will be protected. Warmly, Honey

    1. Yes, it is fine. As long as you have the red string around your wrist you will be protected. Warmly, Honey

  11. i just bought one and the string was to short to tie it 7 times is it okay if it was tied like 5 times only, and is it also okay not to tie 7 knots??. i bought one with like stones and gems in them. i hope you see this ♡

  12. i just bought and the string was too short to tie it 7 times is it okay if it was tied like times only?, and is it also okay not to tie 7 knots? i hope you see and reply to this

    1. You will be fine and protected. I am so glad you are wearing your red string. Warmly, Honey

  13. My daughter has been wearing one for almost a year now and it doesn’t look like it’s about to come off anytime soon. The problem is, she’s growing up and the string looks like its on the verge of cutting off circulation. In this case, can I cut off the string?

    1. Yes you can and should. Maybe save it as a keepsake. Tie another one on if you would like to. Warmly,Honey

    1. Absolutely!. My husband wears his red string. And, so do other men I know. Enjoy!!! Warmly, Honey

  14. What if more than one loved one wanted to put a red string on my wrist can I wear more that one string on the same wrist or Can I wear on both wrists?

    1. Wear as many strings as you wish and on both wrists if you choose to. How lovely be so loved.I am sure there are some steadfast Kabbalah laws but I have not delved into them. One of our male friends wears a red string on his ankle.It is the symbolism that is important. I wear my red string on my left wrist because it gives me comfort. Warmly, Honey

  15. Is it true that once you have the string, you mustn’t allow anyone else to touch it since it’ll bring all of the persons bad energy into your life? Or is that not true

    1. That is not true. Anyone can touch it if you want them to and I think it will bless them and bring them good luck. Warmly, Honey

    1. I started wearing red line bracelet yesterday and I would like to ask if I can wear it when I’m washing the dishes, taking a bath and going for a swim or is it okay if it will get wet? Thank you.

      1. Never take it off. It should fall off naturally one day. I have had my plain red string on for a year. It is tired around my wrist with a knot. Here’s to continuing to be a GRAND Woman with MOXIE in 2020. Warmly, Honey

  16. Today i received red string, and knocked 7 times. I dont know why I was trying to shorten the ends of string with a lighter(fire) to make the ends more secure I guess. Now Im worried did I Did something wrong? I feel guilty that i tried shortening in that way!! Please let me know if I have to remove it and replaced with another one!

    1. Don’t feel guilty. All is well. I cut my ends. No problem with shortening them in any manner. All is well now that you are wearing your red string. Nam smiling. Warmly, Honey

  17. I started wearing red line bracelet yesterday and I would like to ask if I can wear it when I’m washing the dishes, taking a bath and going for a swim or is it okay if it will get wet? Thank you

    1. Never take off your red string for anything! It will eventually fall off naturally and at that time you will tie another one on your wrist. Warmly, Honey

  18. I just received red ribbon for me and my daughter to protect me and my daughter from a spiritual card reader and she will do one for my other kids because I have been cursed for harm for me and family. Keeps coming off I keep putting back on. It happened like an hour after . Is that bad? I plan to buy more I need protection and good luck right now.

    1. My red string is plain wool that is tied in a knot around my wrist. It has been on for a year. Eventually it will fall off and I will have another one tied onto my wrist with a knot by my ultimate concierge. You must have a red string with a clasp? Try my way. It works. Warmly, Honey

    1. I really don’t know. 7 is a lucky number in the bible so I tie 7 knots for added good happenings in the life of those I tie the red string on. Warmly, Honey

  19. My friends, I am a student of Kabbalah and I don’t wear a red string. Anyone interested in the authentic study and practices of Kabbalah, you will find everything tons of amazing information from this site.
    It’s beyond this world, it is the wisdom of how to receive and attain the spiritual world. If you are interested in Kabbalah, finding truth and the purpose of this life, this is where to start reading. <3

    1. Thank you for sharing, Amber. I went to the site and signed up.When I write about the Red String in the future I will mention it has nothing to do with Kabbalah. Have a blessed day. Warmly, Honey

  20. Went to Lunar New Years blessing with family. Two out of four of us received the strings on our right wrists from the dharma servant. Would this be considered bad luck?

    1. No, it is not considered bad luck. I tie the string on the left wrist because it nearer my heart and those others I tie one on. It is personal. Enjoy wearing your red string. May it guard and protect you. Warmly, Honey

  21. I cut my red strings not knowing I should not. But I had an event and had to take it off. What should I do with the old stings?

    1. I wear my red string to formal events. I have never cut of a red string for any reason. It is on my wrist to guard and protect me. You can keep it for a keepsake if you want to. Hope this helps. Warmly, Honey

  22. Hello my daughters red string fell off but only because it was loose, can I put it back on her wrist or must she get a new one?

    1. You can put it back on her wrist. Tie the string tightly. It will lose on its’ own. If if is too lose it will fall off of she will catch it on something and it will break. I have had the same red string on for over a year. Warmly, Honey

  23. I would like to crochet little red wool bracelets for my loved ones to wear. Would this be OK?

  24. Hi just want to ask if my red string falls off can I use the same red string or do I have to wear a different red string again? Thanks

  25. Hi I would like to know if my red string falls off after a week of wearing it can I still use the same string or do I have to wear a different red string? Thanks

  26. What happens if my son red string bracelet broke. Its now in the floor. Do i pick it up? What should i do with it

    1. Put a new string on his wrist. Yes, please pick it up and toss it or save it. Now your worries are solved. I am smiling. Warmly, Honey

  27. My friend bought me a red string with and it fell off this month, had it for almost 5 months what can I do, can I replace it with a red knitted one

    1. Yes you can or you can order them on Amazon.Type in red string. Have someone you care for tie it around your left wrist, nearest your heart and tie the knot 7 times. I am sending you blessings. Here they come……. Warmly, Honey

    1. Have someone you love tie it around your left wrist (near your heart) and it will guard and protect you.:) Warmly, Honey

  28. Hi, My red string fell off/ broke on it’s own, and my boyfriend tied it again on my left wrist, is that okey? or should I just completely remove it?

  29. After wearing my red string, can i take it from my wrist and give it to someone I Love? Thank you for the reply..

    1. No. You never take it off your wrist. The red string is your luck and just for you. It eventually will fall off naturally. My last one was on my wrist for over one year. Warmly, Honey

  30. And also can I get one for myself and also for my boyfriend,best friend and family members
    Does it require any prayers while tying it?

    1. Any type of red string is good. Red yarn is great. Tie it on yours and others left wrist near your heart. Say a prayer from your heart. Bless those you love and care for. Hope this helps. Warmly, Honey

    1. Never take it off, ever. It will eventually fall off and then you tie on another red string. Have a lovely week. Warmly, Honey

  31. The one who tied my string cheated on me so I ripped it off in a fit of anger
    I’ve chosen to forgive and things between us are better can we still tie the strings to each other even though I ripped them off?

    1. Yes, you can and should.Hopefully the red string will help both of you with ‘wisdom.’ Warmly, Honey

    1. Yes it is OK. I wish I could send you a red string. I would never charge you but thank you for offering. Here is what you should do. Go to a yarn shop and buy a ball of red yarn or red string.
      Cut the yarn to size and tie it around your son’s wrist tightly (it will losen.) Leave the red string long enough so you can tie 7 knots in it also for good luck and let the remainder hang but not long. Then say your prayer over him. It is not where you get the string it is how you interpret its meaning. It guards and protects and blesses those who wear one. It will fall off naturally and at that time tie another red siring on his wrist. And, bless it again. My last red string was on my wrist for over a year. If you don’t initially tie them tight they can catch on something and break. So tie it tight. Warmly, Honey xoxo

  32. Hello good day.. I have a question ma’am if you don’t mind. If a red string bracelet falls off, is it okay to wear it again? Thank you.

    1. If the red string broke and fell off you should tie a fresh one on your wrist.If it is a bracelet, yes. Hope this helps. Warmly, Honey

  33. Hi, my red string, which I had been wearing for barely a month, had untied/come loose (I hadn’t tied it 7x), can I tie it back or do I have to use a new one? Thanks for the reply and for your great article.

  34. I’m brand new to this & I actually put the bracelet on myself, not knowing that a loved one had to do it…will it still be affective?

  35. Does it have to be just a simple string? Or can I make a bracelet? Like the string friendship bracelets that are adjustable with the sliding string. Maybe even put a bead or charm? Thank you for your time

    1. A simple red string is a must. Tie the string with 7 knots and just…simply be. Sending good vibes your way. Warmly, Honey

  36. Hi Susan “Honey”,
    I sent my niece a red string bracelet for protection about 9 months ago because two girls that she was working with were very jealous of her and were always trying to give her things to eat or drinks. When that didn’t work as she would just leave the food or drink untouched they then started to touch her hair at which point she noticed way more hair fallout than is normal. So I told her about the bracelet and though I didn’t bless it I did put good thoughts and asked that it keep her safe.She put it on her ankle and noticed her ankle swelling a week later. It stayed swollen for a while then went back to normal. Well… she took it off two weeks ago and put it on her wrist think8ng it safe as she doesn’t work along side the two girls anymore. Now her wrist is swollen and has a bump. She isn’t allergic to the wool so that can’t be it. Do you have any idea what that could mean?
    Thanks, Lucy

    1. I have absolutely no idea what the problem is except, maybe it is tied too tight? Or maybe you should try another type of fabric, like red string.Keep me posted. you are not suppose to take off your red string. It is suppose to fall off naturally. Mine last one year unless I accidentally snag it. Warmly, Honey

      1. I have no idea what the problem is, Maybe it is tied too tight? Or maybe it is the fabric? Try another fabric. Do not be scared. You can cut it off if you want to. Next time tie it on the left wrist closest to the heart and let it fall off naturally. My last one lasted on my wrist a year. I wrote to you on the 11th and just noticed my computer did not send. I hope you get this message. I did not forget you. Happy turkey day. Warmly, Honey

  37. Hi, I wanted to ask what should I do I didn’t know much about it so I basically tied a red string around my right wrist. What should I do now I’m scared. Can I just cut it off? Because I did everything the wrong way so can I redo it the right way again? Is that ok?

    1. There is nothing to fear. You have two choices. Leave the string on your right wrist until it falls off or take it off and tie it or another one around your left wrist. You can redo the red string and nothing bad will happen. All is good. Warmly, Honey

  38. Hello!
    I already have a red string bracelet on my left wrist, it’s been there for over a year and I want to take it off because it doesn’t look like it’s going to come off anytime soon and also because someone I love dearly got me another one. Can I take off the older one? Can I keep both bracelets on?
    I hope you can help me with this, thank you!

  39. Hi Honey,

    Thank you so much for sharing this info. I am now interested with the red string and started looking for a seller. I actually found a reliable one and hers include a rice gold bead, if in case the string is broken or cut, is it okay to transfer the rice bead to the new string?

    Thank you.

  40. Does the same rules apply to the evil eye bracelet don’t take it off or can I take it off when I need to I don’t want to ruin the charm my red bracelet never comes off

  41. If I’m going to take shower I need to take out from my wrist or just stay on It?

    Thanks just got my red string today!!

  42. I saw a red string bracelet and wear it, is it bad? Im not into wearing a bracelet. Can i keep it in my wallet?

    1. It is good. It is wonderful. You should wear it ( a little woolen string) around your left wrist with 7 knots. It is suppose to keep away evil and guard and protect you. Warmly, Honey

  43. Hello, I’ve had a red string with a little fish for almost 5 years now on my left arm. My little cousin gave it to me on summer of 2016. Is still completely new, but idk if it’s the right material or if it counts as a red string. I was wondering why after all this years it hasn’t been damaged. Ever since I wore it I have never taken it off because I can’t be taken off is really secured. I recently have had a alto of fall outs and health complications and I was wondering if it could be because is not the right material or anything related. It may sound weird, but I am a huge believer on this subject.

    1. I am a huge believer, too. Mu red strings are made of red wool. I purchased them from a very old lady at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem. I have a string tied tightly (because they losen) on my left wrist by someone I love. Mine can stay on a year or longer.They eventually fall off naturally and I tie another one on. You can buy the red string on Amazon. I hope I helped. Warmly, Honey

  44. hi!
    i came across this article TODAY! how crazy is that?
    so… i have a question for you, i truly hope you can help.
    I´ve done everything wrong, i guess… i tied the knots myself and the bracelet came off, i thought it was an accident, so i put it back. that´s terrible, right?
    should i just wear it until it falls off again?

    thank you!

    1. You are fine. Wear it until it falls off. You can tie it on yourself, too. It is just so nice to have someone you love tie it on you. Enjoy!!! Warmly, Honey

  45. But…it’s actually not in the Kabbalah at all and well-educated Orthodox Jews know that it has roots in idolatry. That said, I wear one, too, but I do not claim that it has Kabbalist – or even religious – meaning at all. It is a cultural nod. I see no problem in your sharing its folk significance, but do not tell people that it is associated with the Kabbalah since the only references you will find are ones telling us not to wear it so that we are not worshiping false idols.

    1. Thank you for educating me. I did not know this. All of my friends who wore the red string before me told me. I should have done a study. Thank you for doing it for me. Warmly, Honey

  46. I have one with multiple colors from my mom. She got it from monks who blessed it at a retreat with the Dalai Lama
    3 years this July on me still looks brand new! Mom says it’ll fall off when it’s no longer needed..guess I need it!

    1. I would love to meet the Dali Lama. How lucky that your mom had that experience and that you are the beneficiary of a bracelet. Put it away after it falls off. It is a keeper. We all need it!!!!! Warmly, Honey

  47. Hola Honey Good.
    Hope you are doing good .
    I have two cuestions if you can help me.
    1- The string have 7 knots, is that including the one you tie it to your wrist?
    2- Can put it my self?

  48. I recently lost my red string bracelet. It might be found but if I find it, am I allowed to rewear it?

  49. Hello I have a red bracelet mine has 4 metal beads 2 in each side. In the middle it has a red eye and on the side of the eye it has 2 wood beads that are slso red .I heard no one can touch it what happens if they do what can I do?
    Thank you very much

    1. I have never heard that someone cannot touch any type of red bracelet. Don’t worry about that. Nothing will happen. Promise. Warmly, Honey

  50. Please can one wear the bracelet while having sex i have a boyfriend can i wear while having sex with him thank you

  51. Hi, I wear a long shirt to work in order to cover my bracelet since I can’t wear it there. While I was taking it off (the shirt) my red bracelet went with it. It slipped out of my wrist for a about 5 seconds then I quickly put it on. I don’t know if that’s okay or if I should get a new one immediately? I didn’t mean to take it off it just slipped out with my shirt. Thank you for who anyone has an answer to this 🙂

    1. There is no problem that your red string fell off your wrist. I am glad you put it back onto your wrist. Enjoy it. It is now home where it belongs. Warmly, Honey

  52. Very interesting read. I will put it into my own words and if I quote you I will give you credit. Thank you for sharing your article. Honey Good

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