Magic & the Supernatural Quiz

Judaism has many folk customs with magical undertones. But these are not without controversy. How well do you know Jewish magic, and the debates around it?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. Why do the rabbis in the Talmud oppose magic?

Because it is the way of the Amorites Because it is the way of the Romans Because it can lead to idolatry, adultery, or murder All of the above

Qustion 2. In the Middle Ages, which of these Jewish customs lapsed because of Christian suspicions of black magic?

Certain mourning practices The search for leaven Certain Shabbat practices Some of these All of thee

Qustion 3. Which of the following is not a punishment for the use of magic as cited in the Mishnah?

Death by stoning Loss of place in the world to come Hanging Death of one's firstborn son

Qustion 4. Who is the author of the play The Dybbuk?

Grace Aguilar S. Ansky Sholem Aleichem Sholem Asch

Qustion 5. Which of these illustrates the power of speech in Judaism?

God creates the world through a series of speech acts God uses speech to bless and curse the people of Israel Uttering God's name destroys the walls of Jericho A & B only All of the above

Qustion 6. What is a dybbuk?

A dead human that takes possession of the body of a living human A demon that takes possession of the body of an animal A giant creature made of clay which is brought to life by magical means A carnivorous blood-sucking creature living in the forests of Eastern Europe

Qustion 7. What does Lilith do, according to Jewish legends?

Coerce Jewish men into being unfaithful to their wives Snatch newborn babies and take them away from their parents Turn into a wolflike creature at the full moon Encourage idolatry and non-kosher eating practices

Qustion 8. What is the grave of Jonathan Ben Uziel?

A site in Amukah, in northern Israel A place that is believed to have magical powers A place where some people go when looking for love All of these

Qustion 9. What was the Urim and Tummim?

A method of divination that was worn as part of the priestly garments The prayer used in a Jewish exorcism Special marbles often carried by Jews in the Middle Ages, said to bring good luck and fertility The two designated groups of Jews said to practice magic under the direct command of God

Qustion 10. Which two medieval Jewish thinkers address the theological legitimacy of astrology?

Rav & Shmuel Ibn Ezra & Maimonides Rashi & Rabbenu Tam Sforno & Sahl ben Bishr al-Israeli
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