Although it may derive from Islamic or pagan culture, the hamsa today has become a Jewish and Israeli symbol.
Magic & the Supernatural
As have all cultures, Jews have developed numerous superstitious practices applicable to a variety of occasions.
How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?
Beliefs & Practices
In Jewish texts, the devil is sometimes an adversary and sometimes an embodiment of evil.
Modern Jewish History
The kabbalistic false messiah who gained a mass following in the 17th century — until he converted to Islam.
The world's most famous magician, whose real name was Erich Weisz, was the son of a rabbi.
Do Jews believe in magic -- and when?
Belief in the power of amulets persisted widely among Jews for many centuries, and still exists in some communities today.
Do Jews believe in demons?
Numerous folk customs with magical undertones continue to this day.
Women & Feminism
The most notorious demon of Jewish tradition becomes a feminist hero.
Throughout much of Jewish history, witchcraft has been viewed as a vice that virtually every woman will indulge in.
In Jewish thought and texts, curses exemplify the belief that speech can have tremendous power.
Universal and particular.