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. 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 2. Which two early rabbis were famous for having a healing power that resided in their touch?

Masmasiah & Kaskasiah Hiyya & Yohanan Joshua ben Levi & Judah Tannaim & Yehuda

Qustion 3. Which of these is NOT a reason that a talmudic sage was granted special powers?

He was the first person in synagogue every morning of his life He never walked four cubits without speaking words of Torah He never drank any liquid except water He never laid out a bed and slept for a regular period of time He never called anybody by a nickname

Qustion 4. 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 5. 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 6. What was the cause of the violent mob assault against Jews in England, which started at the coronation of Richard I in 1189?

A Jewish delegation bearing gifts was accused of coming to cast their spells over Richard I A Jewish citizen with a speech impediment was accused of being possessed by Satan Richard I declared a city-wide ban of Jews in his coronation speech The rabbi scheduled to bless Richard I did not show up

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 9. True or false: Judaism ascribes some supernatural powers to the zodiac.

True False

Qustion 10. 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
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