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?

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Qustion 1. What is a golem?

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 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. True or false: Judaism ascribes some supernatural powers to the zodiac.

True False

Qustion 4. What is Kabbalah Ma'asit?

Another name for the Zohar Mystical literature that is more theoretical than practical Mystical literature that offers formulas for achieving closeness to God through meditation and name-recitation A book from the Jewish enlightenment that decries magical practices

Qustion 5. 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 6. Who is the author of the play The Dybbuk?

Grace Aguilar S. Ansky Sholem Aleichem Sholem Asch

Qustion 7. Rabbi Moses ben Yehiel had to defend which Jewish custom as not being a form or sorcery?

Breaking glass at a wedding Covering challah before blessing it Hanging the mezuzah on a doorpost Throwing a clot of dirt behind you at a funeral

Qustion 8. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to

Prophecy Infidelity Heresy Joyful song and dance

Qustion 9. What are segullot?

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

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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