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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...

Good and Evil: Part IV: Names
By Barry Leibovitz - December 30, 2008

One of the strongest beliefs of many Jews is that the naming of a child is a serious responsibility that can have a major impact on the child’s life and future. They believed that the name carries with it all of the associations it has accumulated throughout history and the child would...

Good and Evil: Part III: Angels
By Barry Leibovitz - December 30, 2008

More important than any of the demonic messaging of Jewish folklore was the powerful image of angels and the role that they have played in delivering both individuals and the Jewish people from the powers of the dark side. Angels have often being described in Jewish religious tracts...

Good and Evil: Part II: Demons
By Barry Leibovitz - December 30, 2008

Jewish folklore and magic has a long and rich tradition of honoring and respecting the spirits of both good and evil. While the power of good, including angels and other representatives of the positive divine were often called upon to perform miracles and grant the wishes of the...

Good and Evil: Part I: Jewish Folklore
By Barry Leibovitz - December 30, 2008

Jewish folklore and mysticism is full of stories of magical powers and fanciful creatures, some real and some imagined. We begin our journey through the lives and times of the Jewish people as captured by their folklore by examining the most powerful emotion known to man, fear, and of...
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