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. 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 2. Which of these illustrates the power of speech in Judaism?
God creates the world through a series of speech acts
God uses speech to bless and curse the people of Israel
Uttering God's name destroys the walls of Jericho
A & B only
All of the above
Question 3. Which of these Jewish thinkers expressed the strongest anti-magic position?
Question 4. What book contains formulas that were ostensibly used to create golems?
Question 5. What was the cause of the violent mob assault against Jews in England, which started at the coronation of Richard I in 1189?
A Jewish delegation bearing gifts was accused of coming to cast their spells over Richard I
A Jewish citizen with a speech impediment was accused of being possessed by Satan
Richard I declared a city-wide ban of Jews in his coronation speech
The rabbi scheduled to bless Richard I did not show up
Question 6. What is the grave of Jonathan Ben Uziel?
A site in Amukah, in northern Israel
A place that is believed to have magical powers
A place where some people go when looking for love
All of these
Question 7. Which two medieval Jewish thinkers address the theological legitimacy of astrology?
Rav & Shmuel
Ibn Ezra & Maimonides
Rashi & Rabbenu Tam
Sforno & Sahl ben Bishr al-Israeli