Magic & the Supernatural

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

Popular Jewish Superstitions

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

Magic & the Supernatural Quiz

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

Do Jews Believe in Satan?

In Jewish texts, the devil is sometimes an adversary and sometimes an embodiment of evil.

Who Was Shabbetai Zevi?

The kabbalistic false messiah who gained a mass following in the 17th century — until he converted to Islam.

Harry Houdini

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

Attitudes Toward Jewish Magic

Do Jews believe in magic -- and when?

Jewish Amulets

Belief in the power of amulets persisted widely among Jews for many centuries, and still exists in some communities today.

Jewish Magical Practices and Beliefs

Numerous folk customs with magical undertones continue to this day.

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.