My Jewish Learning

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. Which of the following special abilities does the Talmud ascribe to the sage Rav?
 The ability to curse others with sterility
 The ability to fly
 The ability to learn an entire tractate of Talmud each night
 The ability to raise the dead

 

Question 2. A widespread belief states that descendents from which biblical hero are immune from the effects of the evil eye?
 Moses
 Abraham
 Joseph
 Noah

 

Question 3. True or false: In the Torah, God curses people.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. 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

 

Question 5. Which of the following supernatural ideas is mentioned in the Torah?
 Azazel
 The Dybbuk
 Lilith
 The Golem

 

Question 6. 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

 

Question 7. In the bible, what is the most common cause of God sending disease?
 Sin
 Adultery
 Practicing magic
 Ignorance