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

The Bahir The Talmud Sefer Yetzirah The Necronomicon

Qustion 3. Which of the following "magical" rites was Moses not responsible for?

Turning his staff into a snake Hitting a rock to exhort water to flow Speaking with a burning bush Hardening Pharaoh's heart

Qustion 4. Why were Jews thought of as excellent magicians in the Middle Ages?

Many were moneylenders, and had an affinity for silver They prayed at night Jewish congregations held a service each month publicly blessing the moon Many Jews had scientific or medical training

Qustion 5. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. True or false: In the Torah, God curses people.

True False

Qustion 9. 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 10. True or false: In the Talmud, unusual events can be interpreted as either magic or miracle, depending on who is responsible for the event.

True False
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