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 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 2. Which of these Jewish thinkers expressed the strongest anti-magic position?
Question 3. What are segullot?
Animals said to have magic powers
Good luck prayers
Good luck charms
Question 4. What is blood libel?
The use of blood for healing purposes
The accusation of ritual child murder
A theory pertaining to Jewish genetics
The practice of storing blood in customary vases
Question 5. What was the cause of the violent mob assault against Jews in England, which started at the coronation of Richard I in 1189?
A Jewish delegation bearing gifts was accused of coming to cast their spells over Richard I
A Jewish citizen with a speech impediment was accused of being possessed by Satan
Richard I declared a city-wide ban of Jews in his coronation speech
The rabbi scheduled to bless Richard I did not show up
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. What is a golem?
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