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. True or false: Among the Dead Sea Scrolls, there exists a fragmentary text that is a collection of protective formulae for fending off demonic attack.
Question 2. What is a dybbuk?
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
Question 3. 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
Question 4. True or false: In the Torah, God curses people.
Question 5. What book contains formulas that were ostensibly used to create golems?
Question 6. 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
Question 7. True or false: Judaism ascribes some supernatural powers to the zodiac.