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: In the Torah, God curses people.
Question 2. Which is NOT used to ward off the Ayin Hara (evil eye)?
A hamsa, or a divine hand
A red string tied around the wrist
A Magen David, or six-pointed star
An incantation stating that one is "of the seed of Joseph"
Question 3. 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
Question 4. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to
Joyful song and dance
Question 5. 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 6. Which of these illustrates the power of speech in Judaism?
God creates the world through a series of speech acts
God uses speech to bless and curse the people of Israel
Uttering God's name destroys the walls of Jericho
A & B only
All of the above
Question 7. 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