Celebs get wrapped up in red string

USA Today, nov. 26, 2002
By Sue Facter, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — In fashion circles, it used to be the little black dress. Now, it’s the simple red string.

It’s not Cartier, Harry Winston, David Orgel or even Swarovski. There are no jewels involved; nor is there a little blue box.

And it’s quite a bargain. The trend-setting bracelet (for both sexes) among the rich and the famous is a Kabbalah red string (bought in bulk at $26, enough for six strings, which are broken off, not cut with scissors). Madonna and Guy Ritchie, Elizabeth Taylor, Roseanne, Marla Maples, Rosie O’Donnell, Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon prefer it to gold or diamonds. Well, maybe not La Liz.

Kabbalah, the study of Jewish mysticism, attracts curious students of all religions. One of its beliefs: If you wear Rachel’s string (from Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem), you ward off negativity. According to Kabbalists, red is considered the lowest frequency in the color spectrum.

Winona Ryder accessorized with red string during her shoplifting trial. (It’s not a cure-all; the actress was convicted this month on two of three felony charges.) Millions of TV viewers saw Sharon Osbourne wear one when she was interviewed by Barbara Walters. (Osbourne is battling colon cancer.) And Madonna had one on her wrist when she chatted with Queen Elizabeth last week at the fancy London premiere of Die Another Day.

Red string can be found at any Kabbalah Centre (the largest are in Los Angeles, New York and Boca Raton) or online at Kabbalah.com or rachelstomb.org.

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