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 a dybbuk?
A dead human that takes possession of the body of a living human
A demon that takes possession of the body of an animal
A giant creature made of clay which is brought to life by magical means
A carnivorous blood-sucking creature living in the forests of Eastern Europe
Question 2. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to
Joyful song and dance
Question 3. From where did the story of Lilith originate?
The ancient Near East
Early Modern Germany
Question 4. What was the Urim and Tummim?
A method of divination that was worn as part of the priestly garments
The prayer used in a Jewish exorcism
Special marbles often carried by Jews in the Middle Ages, said to bring good luck and fertility
The two designated groups of Jews said to practice magic under the direct command of God
Question 5. 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 6. Which of the following special abilities does the Talmud ascribe to the sage Rav?
The ability to curse others with sterility
The ability to fly
The ability to learn an entire tractate of Talmud each night
The ability to raise the dead
Question 7. Which of the following is a symbol that might be found on a hamsa?
Star of David
Both C and B
All of the above