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 Talmud, unusual events can be interpreted as either magic or miracle, depending on who is responsible for the event.
Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. Which of the following Jewish ritual objects did Christians (mistakenly) believe Jews used human blood to create?
The etrog, at Sukkot
The matzah, at Passover
The bitter herb, at Passover
The menorah, at Hanukkah
Question 5. 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 6. What are segullot?
Animals said to have magic powers
Good luck prayers
Good luck charms
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