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?
The world's most famous magician, whose real name was Erich Weisz, was the son of a rabbi.
As have all cultures, Jews have developed numerous superstitious practices applicable to a variety of occasions.
Do Jews believe in demons?
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.
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?
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.