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. 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 3. 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 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. 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 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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
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