Life-Cycle > Protection for the newborn
Manuscript in Hebrew on paper.
MS X893 K514.4
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
In the kabbalistic tradition, the eight days before a brit mila, or ritual circumcision, are considered dangerous for the baby; they are days in which evil spirits lurk around the cradle, attempting to harm the newborn. David Samuel, a new father in Greece, commissioned this amulet to hang over his son to protect him from spiritual harm.