Frequently asked Questions:
Q: If I’m correct, the term is not 'Ayin Horah'. The precise term is 'Ayin Ra-ah'?
A: According to Rashi Bereshis 16:5, and 49:22 It’s actually 'Ayin Horah'!! (see also Talmud Brochos 20a)
Q: I heard that 'pouring the lead' was an ancient pagan practice, so how can you do it?
A: Darkey HaEmori is muttar lechatchilah to use as a refuoh, (and lead-pouring may not even be 'Darkey HaEmori'!)
There is a machlokes between the Remah and the S'Oruch concerning darkey ha'Emori. The S"Oruch says it can only be used if has been proven to work. The Remah says even if it hasn't been proven to work, it may be used if the intention is for a refuoh.
Based on the success we have had in doing this procedure, it is clear that it is permissible according to all opinions.
The rabbonim who have allowed this are fully aware of the facts.
In short- Witchcraft uses shemos haTumah, however practices using 'segulos' in line with avodas Hashem are perfectly permissible.
Rav Hool's clients have included roshey yeshivah and gedolei Torah as well as dayonim from all over the world. Hagaon Rav Yisroel Yaakov Fisher ztz'l sent hundreds of people to do the procedure, as did Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapirah ztz'l. There is no question whatsoever about the permissibility of this practice- as reflected in the written haskomoh from HaGaon Rav Mattisyahu Doitch shlita -dayan of the Bedatz Eihdah Chareidis, Moreh D'asrah Ramat Shlomo.
Furthermore, on 'The Treatment' page on this website we present the teshuvah (responsa) of the Tzemach Tzeddek ztz'l (who is quoted by the Mishna Brurah) who permits heating the lead up on shabbos to try and save someone's life! So there is obviously no concern whatsoever about avodah zarah or witchcraft- chas vesholom!
Furthermore, We have information from a very reliable source that Rav Elyashev Ztz'l had someone come to his home multiple times to 'pour the lead' for him, in the weeks before his petirah.
For a full halachick analysis of why this procedure is 100% persmissible according to all opinions, see here for a detailed t'shuvoh (responsa).
Q: Am Yisrael should only pray to Hashem for any salvation- so how can you do this procedure?
A: Hashem is the only One we daven to. Rav Hool's procedure involves (as part of the procedure) him davening on your behalf to Hashem for a salvation and saying his specific prayer against ayin horah. He also demands you to undertake a mitzvah so that the procedure should be effective.
We also have in our possession the lachash for ayin horah (which is said on someone else's behalf) personally given by Rav Aron Leib Shteinman ztz'l, which comes from Rav Zundel MiSalant ztz'l- so we see there is nothing new about saying a prayer/lachash for ayin horah for someone else.
See also Medrash Rabbah parshas Shoftim ch.16 where Rav Meir asks in the Beis Hamedrash"Who knows the 'lachash' (silent prayer) and can say it for me -to get rid of my ayin horah?" See the pirush Maharzev on that medrash.
Q: How is your method different to anyone else who does this?
A: Rav Hool has a very specific teffiloh he says before the procedure and he uses absolutely pure molten lead. He demands a kabolas mitzvah before the procedure and he has a unique way of pouring the lead. As far as we know- he is the only person who can- with S'Dishmayah 'read' the ailments people have during the procedure. There is at least one 'world expert'- with many years experience, who has adapted their procedure after instruction/advice from Rav Hool.
Q: What is your response to people who say Rav Hool's successful 'reading' of the lead is done by 'cold-reading' where the 'palm reader' cleverly gleans information from the client beforehand and adapts their results accordingly? Or the 'Barnum effect'- where people confirm his results because they subconsciously want the 'palm reader' to be correct?
A: Firstly regarding 'cold reading'- this is impossible because Rav Hool has never met most clients, he does not ask them what physical ailments they may have (he only asks what general yeshuoh they require (shidduch, parnossoh, refuoh etc.) and he copies and pastes on 'The Lead reveals' page exactly what he sends the client by email following the procedure- and their exact response. All these emails are stored and independently verifiable.
Concerning the 'Barnum effect':
"The Barnum effect is a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them, that are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. This effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some paranormal beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, aura reading, and some types of personality tests."
The Barnum effect applies to reports that are vague and subject to interpretation by the recipient of the information especially in describing a person's personality. The issues uncovered by Rav Hool’s reading of the lead however include precise description of physical ailments such as teeth problems, broken limbs- including the exact location of the pain. These are so specific that they cannot possibly be explained by the Barnum effect.
The following is a list of 47 (!) precise different ailments stated by Rav Hool and confirmed by the client to be 100% true after the procedure, gleaned from the first 68 cases on the 'Lead Reveals' page:
Stomach intestinal, left hand, sleep problem, teeth right, pain base of spine going down left leg, forehead, swollen glands, Sore throat, teeth left, blocked nose, back of head, neck, front of face, upper back, left leg past knee, shoulder right, between shoulder blades towards right, extreme stomach cramps, backside (was problem toilet training), left leg, lower back, (was hemorrhoids), right chest towards shoulder, rear of head, top of neck, right leg above knee, serious runny nose (was condition called nasal drip), back of head, right side of face, back of head right side, right shoulder, anxiety, chest infection, groin area issue, spine, intestinal above naval, left base of spine, neck right side- collar bone height, upper chest internal, right jaw towards back, upper back left side, vision right eye, (although Rav Hool was told 'vision' beforehand), internal below naval, neck left side, left side body- elbow height, left arm internal, chest left, lower back right, both hips, mouth/nose right.
Barnum effect? We don't think so!