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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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

Qustion 5. 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

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 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 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. 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 10. A widespread belief states that descendents from which biblical hero are immune from the effects of the evil eye?

Moses Abraham Joseph Noah
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