#52snapshots 2022 | Week 47–Step on a Crack

This week calls for writing about superstitions. Don’t walk under a ladder. Beware the path of the black cat. Don’t step on a crack in the sidewalk or you’ll break your mother’s back. Be careful with praise.

I wrote about wearing the red ribbon to ward off the Evil Eye. I thought this was just an old Yiddish thing, but Italian-American poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan, with whom I take poetry workshops, wrote about the red ribbon too. I researched the origin of this superstition, and it’s attributed to both the Kabbalah, about which I know nothing, as well as to Lilith, the first baby-stealer, which might also explain the practice of not buying any baby furnishings until after the baby is born.

What superstitions did you grow up with?

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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