My Jewish Learning

Magic & the Supernatural Quiz

Judaism 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?
 The Bahir
 The Talmud
 Sefer Yetzirah
 The Necronomicon

 

Question 2. In Jewish thought, dreams are compared to
 Prophecy
 Infidelity
 Heresy
 Joyful song and dance

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. True or false: Judaism ascribes some supernatural powers to the zodiac.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. From where did the story of Lilith originate?
 Modern Afirca
 The ancient Near East
 Early Modern Germany
 Medieval India

 

Question 6. 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 7. Who is the author of the play The Dybbuk?
 Grace Aguilar
 S. Ansky
 Sholem Aleichem
 Sholem Asch