Magic & the Supernatural
Lilith is the most notorious demon in Jewish tradition. In some sources, she is conceived of as the original woman, created even before Eve. Lilith's name means "the night," and she embodies the emotional and spiritual aspects of darkness: terror, sensuality, and unbridled freedom. More recently, she has come to represent feminist women who no longer want to be "good girls."Read more
Practices and Traditions
How Jews have felt about consulting the stars.
The Talmud suggests that whatever is effective as a remedy is not witchcraft.
In Jewish thought and texts, curses exemplify the belief that speech can have tremendous power.
Can imitating God extend to the creative realm?
Judaism has had a long and tenuous relationship with magical beliefs and practices.
Pooh pooh pooh!
A Jewish and Israeli symbol that may have derived from pagan or Islamic culture.
The most famous and enduring of all Jewish legends is that of the golem, the artificial man.
Jewish physicians in the Middle Ages were also considered superior magicians.
How do we distinguish between these two?
A prevalent, if problematic, belief among some Jews throughout history.
Witchcraft has been viewed as a vice that virtually every woman will indulge in.
Jews have developed complex plans for coaxing evil spirits out of those who are possessed.
Assigning numerical values to letters yields infinite interpretations.
There are a number of Jewish practices to ward off the harmful effects of the evil eye.
Books and People
By Joshua Trachtenberg
By Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis
By Ronald Isaacs
Pick a destiny, any destiny.
How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?