Jewish Texts

Haftarah for Vayeshev

Amos warns the people: "Do not treat the poor unfairly."

Haftarah for Vayishlach

The fate of the Edomites.

Haftarah for Vayetzei

Hosea tells the Israelite kingdom: God's punishments will be harsh, but repentance is possible.

Haftarah for Toldot

God's expectations for the Israelites and the priests.

Haftarah for Chayei Sara

In David's weakest moment, his throne becomes vulnerable.

Haftarah for Vayera

The prophet Elisha performs two miracles.

Haftarah for Lech-Lecha

God has not abandoned His people.

Haftarah Noach

Isaiah 54:1-55:5 has several layers of metaphors alluding to the great flood.

From Jewish Mysticism to Magic

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Magic vs. Miracle

The Hebrew Bible condemns certain forms of divination and magic, while celebrating others as behaviors suitable for Israelite heroes.

Jewish Mystical Ideas and Concerns

Can we distinguish a mystical idea from a philosophical one--and mystical practice from magic?

Jewish Healing and Magic

"Whatever is effective as a remedy is not witchcraft (Shabbat 67a)"--is that really the case?