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. What is divination?
Gazing into the future using supernatural means
Any act of creation, natural or supernatural
Anointing oneself directly as a divinity (God)
Making objects or people appear or disappear
Question 2. Which two medieval Jewish thinkers address the theological legitimacy of astrology?
Rav & Shmuel
Ibn Ezra & Maimonides
Rashi & Rabbenu Tam
Sforno & Sahl ben Bishr al-Israeli
Question 3. 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 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. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to
Joyful song and dance
Question 6. True or false: In the Torah, God curses people.
Question 7. 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