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

 

Question 2. 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 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
 Hanging
 Death of one's firstborn son

 

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. True or false: Judaism ascribes some supernatural powers to the zodiac.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Which of the following supernatural ideas is mentioned in the Torah?
 Azazel
 The Dybbuk
 Lilith
 The Golem

 

Question 7. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to
 Prophecy
 Infidelity
 Heresy
 Joyful song and dance