Magic & the Supernatural QuizJudaism 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. 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
Question 2. 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
Question 3. 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
Question 4. True or false: in the Talmudic period, bowls etched with magic formulas were used by Christians, Mazdeans, Mandeans, but never Jews.
Question 5. 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
Question 6. In the bible, what is the most common cause of God sending disease?
Question 7. 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