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 book contains formulas that were ostensibly used to create golems?
Question 2. 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 3. In the Middle Ages, which of these Jewish customs lapsed because of Christian suspicions of black magic?
Certain mourning practices
The search for leaven
Certain Shabbat practices
Some of these
All of thee
Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. In the bible, what is the most common cause of God sending disease?
Question 7. What is divination?
Gazing into the future using supernatural means
Any act of creation, natural or supernatural
Anointing oneself directly as a divinity (God)
Making objects or people appear or disappear