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. True or false: in the Talmudic period, bowls etched with magic formulas were used by Christians, Mazdeans, Mandeans, but never Jews.
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. 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. 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
Question 7. Why do the rabbis in the Talmud oppose magic?
Because it is the way of the Amorites
Because it is the way of the Romans
Because it can lead to idolatry, adultery, or murder
All of the above