Magic & the Supernatural

Magic & the Supernatural

Magic & the Supernatural Quiz

How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?

FAQ

What Is A Hamsa?

Although it may derive from Islamic or pagan culture, the hamsa today has become a Jewish and Israeli symbol.

Magic & the Supernatural

Attitudes Toward Jewish Magic

Do Jews believe in magic -- and when?

Harry Houdini

The world's most famous magician, whose real name was Erich Weisz, was the son of a rabbi.

Popular Jewish Superstitions

As have all cultures, Jews have developed numerous superstitious practices applicable to a variety of occasions.

Lilith, Lady Flying in Darkness

The most notorious demon of Jewish tradition becomes a feminist hero.

Witches & Witchcraft

Throughout much of Jewish history, witchcraft has been viewed as a vice that virtually every woman will indulge in.

Jewish Curses

In Jewish thought and texts, curses exemplify the belief that speech can have tremendous power.

Magic vs. Miracle

The Hebrew Bible condemns certain forms of divination and magic, while celebrating others as behaviors suitable for Israelite heroes.

Jewish Mystical Ideas and Concerns

Can we distinguish a mystical idea from a philosophical one--and mystical practice from magic?

Golem

Making men of clay: Can imitating God extend to the creative realm?

Do Jews Believe in Demons?

Though the idea of demons raises concerns about divine providence, belief in demons developed among some Jews throughout history.