The Segula

The story behind the segula

Lots of people have heard of the famous segula that invoking the name of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness and giving charity to the poor of Israel can save you from a horrible situation or help you find your lost passport or car keys. But most people have lots of questions.

Who was Rabbi Meir Baal Haness? And what’s a segula anyway? When did this segula start? What exactly is this segula for?

I’d like to try it. What do I do?

Before you do anything, remember that it’s not Rabbi Meir Baal Haness you’re praying to. It’s G-d. You’re only invoking the name of Rabbi Meir because of the great zchusim, or merits, associated with him.

If you’ve lost something important, say:

אמר רבי בנימין, הכל בחזקת סומין, עד שהקדוש ברוך הוא מאיר את עיניהם. מן הכא, "ויפקח אלוקים את עיניה ותרא באר מים, ותלך ותמלא את החמת". ן
אלקא דמאיר ענני, אלקא דמאיר ענני, אלקא דמאיר ענני. ן
בזכות הצדקה שאני נודב לכבוד התנא רבי מאיר בעל הנס, זכותו יגן עלינו, אמצא את אבידתי.ן

To translate: Rabbi Binyamin said: All are in the presumed status of blind people, until The Holy One, Blessed Be He, enlightens their eyes.
{Bereishit 21:19}, "And God opened her eyes,
and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink."
{The concept is that the well was always there, but Hagar did not see it. Only after praying did G-d open her eyes and she saw what was already there.}

Then donate some charity to the poor of Israel. Use your pushka or ours.


If you’re facing a specific hardship:

Say three times: “Eloka D’Meir Aneini”
Then donate some charity to the poor of Israel. Use your home pushka or ours.


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