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 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 2. Which of the following is a symbol that might be found on a hamsa?
Star of David
Both C and B
All of the above
Question 3. 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
Death of one's firstborn son
Question 4. 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
Question 5. Rabbi Moses ben Yehiel had to defend which Jewish custom as not being a form or sorcery?
Breaking glass at a wedding
Covering challah before blessing it
Hanging the mezuzah on a doorpost
Throwing a clot of dirt behind you at a funeral
Question 6. From where did the story of Lilith originate?
The ancient Near East
Early Modern Germany
Question 7. Which of the following supernatural practices is forbidden in the Bible?
Hepatoscopy (reading animal entrails)
Belomancy (casting or shooting arrows as lots)
All of these
None of these