22 11, 2015

Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder

By |2015-11-22T07:44:16-07:00November 22nd, 2015|Thoughts|

                                               Demons and Sympathetic Magic in the Passover Seder   We saw in the prior articles that the belief in demons, the power of sympathetic magic to conjure the appearance of the messiah, the use of an intercessor to obtain God’s attention, and the belief in the effectiveness of magic numbers to help accomplish [...]

15 09, 2015

Sympathetic Magic in Judaism

By |2015-09-15T23:52:48-07:00September 15th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                        Sympathetic Magic in Judaism                                   Ancient Jews, like their pagan neighbors believed that angels and demons exist, the first group helping people and the later harming them. They sought ways to control the demons and force them to do their will. They believed that humans have the power not only to control demons but [...]