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 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 2. Which of the following is a symbol that might be found on a hamsa?

Star of David Fish Eye Both C and B 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. 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 5. 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 6. Which of the following Jewish ritual objects did Christians (mistakenly) believe Jews used human blood to create?

The etrog, at Sukkot The matzah, at Passover The bitter herb, at Passover The menorah, at Hanukkah The Torah

Qustion 7. Which biblical character is said to be a witch?

King Manasseh Absalom Queen Esther Queen Jezebel

Qustion 8. Which of the following supernatural ideas is mentioned in the Torah?

Azazel The Dybbuk Lilith The Golem

Qustion 9. 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 10. Which of these Jewish thinkers expressed the strongest anti-magic position?

A.J. Heschel Moses Maimonides Joseph Karo
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