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Good and Evil: Part IX: Golem
By Barry Leibovitz - January 3, 2009

The golem is one of the most mystical creatures in all of Jewish folklore. It is perhaps best known as an artificial creature that is made by magic and although it is mentioned in early Jewish religious texts, most notably in Psalms 139:16 it became most widely known in the Middle Ages...

Good and Evil: Part VIII: Lilith
By Barry Leibovitz - January 2, 2009

One of the few female stars in Jewish folklore is Lilith or Lilit. She was believed to be the first wife of Adam but refused to accede to his authority and ran away. Adam then asked for and received a new wife, Eve, who was fashioned from his rib and became a much more compliant and...

Good and Evil: Part VII: Curses
By Barry Leibovitz - December 31, 2008

One of the most interesting parts of Jewish folklore for both Jews and non-Jewish people is the development and use of curses which are designed to bring harm or damage to another person. Even more interesting is that many of those who have made the curses and those who are their...

Good and Evil: Part VI: Magic
By Barry Leibovitz - December 31, 2008

It is sometimes hard to separate not just fact from fiction in Jewish folklore but also to define the line between mysticism, magic, and religious beliefs. Spiritual teachings sometimes inspire superstitions and at other times people develop spiritual practices based on myths and...

Good and Evil: Part V: Afterlife
By Barry Leibovitz - December 31, 2008

While Jews believe in the immortality of the soul, their legends, stories and folklore are rife with ideas that long after death the spirit continues contact and connections with their previous life. According to the spiritual traditions of Judaism the soul does not completely leave...
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