I ran into this one at one of the premier spice shops in Israel. There’s a whole town, Beit Lechem HaGlili (Bethlehem of the Galilee) that’s devoted to spice farming. The town has an interesting history, having been settled by German Templars who cleared the land and built up a town and community under the auspices of the Ottoman Sultan (or via payments to him). They were expelled after the British controlled Israel and hostilities grew between the British and Germany.
Today the spice farming of the area has been continued, though the Templars are long gone.
While shopping in the spice store (with my wife – who really enjoyed it), I came across this…
That’s a mixed pile of rocks and minerals with bits of bark and dried flower petals. It didn’t seem particularly edible to me, so I peered closely to understand what it was…
A Pile (not sure I translated that right)! For blessing and luck! Effective against the evil eye!
Place in an old pan and burn the stones (and mixture), passing through each room of the house to purify spiritually. Then throw the stones in a can (in the trash).
I’ve never heard of this one, though my son says he’s seen such a pile in some homes in Tzfat (Safed – the city of mysticism). Some of the ingredients look similar to or are the same as in the bisomim, the holy incense of the Beis HaMikdash (the Holy Jewish Temple), but I’m no expert on either the temple incense or minerals to know exactly what’s what.
I haven’t run into this segulah before and have no other info.
Anyone have any insight into it?