Magic & the Supernatural
How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?
Although it may derive from Islamic or pagan culture, the hamsa today has become a Jewish and Israeli symbol.
Do Jews believe in magic -- and when?
Do Jews believe in demons?
The most notorious demon of Jewish tradition becomes a feminist hero.
Universal and particular.
Pooh pooh pooh!
The Hebrew Bible condemns certain forms of divination and magic, while celebrating others as behaviors suitable for Israelite heroes.
Can we distinguish a mystical idea from a philosophical one--and mystical practice from magic?
In Jewish thought and texts, curses exemplify the belief that speech can have tremendous power.
Making men of clay: Can imitating God extend to the creative realm?
Though the idea of demons raises concerns about divine providence, belief in demons developed among some Jews throughout history.
There are a number of Jewish practices to ward off the harmful effects of the evil eye.
There was no Jewish prohibition against consulting the stars, but sages questioned if astrology applied to Jews.