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. 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 2. 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 3. True or false: In the Torah, God curses people.
Question 4. True or false: in the Talmudic period, bowls etched with magic formulas were used by Christians, Mazdeans, Mandeans, but never Jews.
Question 5. In the bible, what is the most common cause of God sending disease?
Question 6. What book contains formulas that were ostensibly used to create golems?
Question 7. Which of the following "magical" rites was Moses not responsible for?
Turning his staff into a snake
Hitting a rock to exhort water to flow
Speaking with a burning bush
Hardening Pharaoh's heart