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?
Astrology in Medieval Judaism
In the Middle Ages, Ibn Ezra, Maimonides, and others debated the legitimacy of astrology.
Jewish Names & Numbers
Complex systems of letter and number substitution yield names for God that have been used for magical and supernatural ends.
In Jewish thought and texts, curses exemplify the belief that speech can have tremendous power.
Ancient artifacts reveal Jewish attitudes toward incantations, demons, and the supernatural.
The Amulet: A Jewish Charm
Belief in the power of amulets persisted widely among Jews for many centuries, and still exists in some communities today.
Throughout history, Jews have been suspicious of manticism and clairvoyance, while still practicing many diviner's arts.