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. What is Kabbalah Ma'asit?
 Another name for the Zohar
 Mystical literature that is more theoretical than practical
 Mystical literature that offers formulas for achieving closeness to God through meditation and name-recitation
 A book from the Jewish enlightenment that decries magical practices


Question 2. 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 3. True or false: Judaism ascribes some supernatural powers to the zodiac.


Question 4. What is a golem?
 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 5. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to
 Joyful song and dance


Question 6. From where did the story of Lilith originate?
 Modern Afirca
 The ancient Near East
 Early Modern Germany
 Medieval India


Question 7. Which of the following supernatural ideas is mentioned in the Torah?
 The Dybbuk
 The Golem