Magic & the Supernatural
Throughout much of Jewish history, witchcraft has been viewed as a vice that virtually every woman will indulge in.
The Jewish numerology tradition, known as gematria, values some numbers more than others.
In Jewish thought and texts, curses exemplify the belief that speech can have tremendous power.
Universal and particular.
The Hebrew Bible condemns certain forms of divination and magic, while celebrating others as behaviors suitable for Israelite heroes.
Can we distinguish a mystical idea from a philosophical one--and mystical practice from magic?
In the Middle Ages, Ibn Ezra, Maimonides, and others debated the legitimacy of astrology.
Ancient artifacts reveal Jewish attitudes toward incantations, demons, and the supernatural.
Though the idea of demons raises concerns about divine providence, belief in demons developed among some Jews throughout history.
Talmudic rabbis believed in astrology, but they thought the Jews were miraculously immune from the stars' influence.
"Whatever is effective as a remedy is not witchcraft (Shabbat 67a)"--is that really the case?
Jews have developed complex plans for coaxing evil spirits out of those who are possessed.