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 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 3. Who is the author of the play The Dybbuk?
Question 4. 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 5. Which biblical character is said to be a witch?
Question 6. 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 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