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 these Jewish thinkers expressed the strongest anti-magic position?
Question 2. 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
Question 3. Which of the following is not a punishment for the use of magic as cited in the Mishnah?
Death by stoning
Loss of place in the world to come
Death of one's firstborn son
Question 4. Which of the following supernatural practices is forbidden in the Bible?
Hepatoscopy (reading animal entrails)
Belomancy (casting or shooting arrows as lots)
All of these
None of these
Question 5. Which two early rabbis were famous for having a healing power that resided in their touch?
Masmasiah & Kaskasiah
Hiyya & Yohanan
Joshua ben Levi & Judah
Tannaim & Yehuda
Question 6. Which is NOT used to ward off the Ayin Hara (evil eye)?
A hamsa, or a divine hand
A red string tied around the wrist
A Magen David, or six-pointed star
An incantation stating that one is "of the seed of Joseph"
Question 7. Who is the author of the play The Dybbuk?