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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?
 Practicing magic


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
 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.


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


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