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 biblical character is said to be a witch?

King Manasseh Absalom Queen Esther Queen Jezebel

Qustion 2. 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 3. What does Lilith do, according to Jewish legends?

Coerce Jewish men into being unfaithful to their wives Snatch newborn babies and take them away from their parents Turn into a wolflike creature at the full moon Encourage idolatry and non-kosher eating practices

Qustion 4. Which of the following supernatural ideas is mentioned in the Torah?

Azazel The Dybbuk Lilith The Golem

Qustion 5. 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 6. Which two medieval Jewish thinkers address the theological legitimacy of astrology?

Rav & Shmuel Ibn Ezra & Maimonides Rashi & Rabbenu Tam Sforno & Sahl ben Bishr al-Israeli

Qustion 7. What book contains formulas that were ostensibly used to create golems?

The Bahir The Talmud Sefer Yetzirah The Necronomicon

Qustion 8. 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 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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