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. Why do the rabbis in the Talmud oppose magic?
Because it is the way of the Amorites
Because it is the way of the Romans
Because it can lead to idolatry, adultery, or murder
All of the above
Question 2. Which of these Jewish thinkers expressed the strongest anti-magic position?
Question 3. 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
Question 4. 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 5. Which is NOT used to ward off the Ayin Hara (evil eye)?
A hamsa, or a divine hand
A red string tied around the wrist
A Magen David, or six-pointed star
An incantation stating that one is "of the seed of Joseph"
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. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to
Joyful song and dance