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. True or false: in the Talmudic period, bowls etched with magic formulas were used by Christians, Mazdeans, Mandeans, but never Jews.
Question 2. 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 3. True or false: Among the Dead Sea Scrolls, there exists a fragmentary text that is a collection of protective formulae for fending off demonic attack.
Question 4. What does Lilith do, according to Jewish legends?
Coerce Jewish men into being unfaithful to their wives
Snatch newborn babies and take them away from their parents
Turn into a wolflike creature at the full moon
Encourage idolatry and non-kosher eating practices
Question 5. From where did the story of Lilith originate?
The ancient Near East
Early Modern Germany
Question 6. What are segullot?
Animals said to have magic powers
Good luck prayers
Good luck charms
Question 7. What book contains formulas that were ostensibly used to create golems?