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 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 2. True or false: Judaism ascribes some supernatural powers to the zodiac.
Question 3. 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 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. 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 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. 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