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. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to

Prophecy Infidelity Heresy Joyful song and dance

Qustion 2. 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 3. 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 4. What is blood libel?

The use of blood for healing purposes The accusation of ritual child murder A theory pertaining to Jewish genetics The practice of storing blood in customary vases

Qustion 5. True or false: In the Torah, God curses people.

True False

Qustion 6. What are segullot?

Animals said to have magic powers Evil spirits Good luck prayers Good luck charms

Qustion 7. 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 8. What is divination?

Gazing into the future using supernatural means Any act of creation, natural or supernatural Anointing oneself directly as a divinity (God) Making objects or people appear or disappear

Qustion 9. Which of the following special abilities does the Talmud ascribe to the sage Rav?

The ability to curse others with sterility The ability to fly The ability to learn an entire tractate of Talmud each night The ability to raise the dead

Qustion 10. What book contains formulas that were ostensibly used to create golems?

The Bahir The Talmud Sefer Yetzirah The Necronomicon
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