Made famous by Madonna, these good-luck charms are part of a whole genre of folk traditions and superstitions.
Magic & the Supernatural
Although it may derive from Islamic or pagan culture, the hamsa today has become a Jewish and Israeli symbol.
Numerous folk customs with magical undertones continue to this day.
"Whatever is effective as a remedy is not witchcraft (Shabbat 67a)"--is that really the case?
Do Jews believe in magic -- and when?