"In the background of what has become known as ceremonial magic is medieval Jewish magic. In turn this was based on the Kabbalah, the Jewish traditions known as Haggadah, and other esoteric beliefs. This is a comprehensive review of Jewish magic from the 10th to the 15th century, including a rich lode of folklore. Many well-known Jewish traditions are explained, such as why a glass is broken at a wedding, and how the expression mazel tov is related to a belief in Astrology. Trachtenberg deals extensively with Golems, Succubi, the Lillim, (from Lilith--Adam's first wife), and other magical creatures, some well known such as werewolves, and others not so well, such as estrie, mare and broxa. There are detailed descriptions of talismans, amulets, charms, and other curious magical objects. There are chapters dealing with dream interpretation, medical beliefs, necromancy, and other forms of divination. There is also a short glossary, so if you are having trouble telling the difference between a Kaddish and a Kiddush, you're in luck." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
Table of Contents:
Publisher's Preface; Preface; Notes; The Legend Of Jewish Sorcery; The Truth Behind The Legend; The Powers Of Evil; Man And The Demons; The Spirits Of The Dead; The Powers Of Good; "in The Name Of . . ."; The Bible In Magic; The Magical Procedure; Amulets; The War With The Spirits; Nature And Man; Medicine; Divination; Dreams; Astrology; Appendix I. The Formation Of Magical Names; Appendix ii. Ms. Sefer Gematriaot, On Gems; Abbreviations And Hebrew Titles; Bibliography; A.—a Note About The Sources; B.—hebrew Sources, Printed; C.—hebrew Sources In Manuscript; D.—modern Literature; Glossary Of Hebrew Terms; Endnotes
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About the Author:
"The author, Joshua Trachtenberg (b. 1904, d. 1959) was a reform rabbi on the east coast of the US. This is an elaboration of his Columbia University Ph.D. thesis. Trachtenberg's appreciation of the role of folk-magic in Jewish culture is important for the study of Judaism, and also the roots of modern Pagan beliefs and practices." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
Of all the charges against the Jewish people the one that has enjoyed the hardiest tenacity and the utmost notoriety, and has produced the direct consequences, is the ritual murder accusation. In its popular version it foists upon Jewish ritual the requirement of Christian blood at the Passover service. The subject of much study and infinitely more polemics, its absurdity has been conclusively established, but the true nature of the accusation has never been made sufficiently clear. The legend as we know it has experienced several redactions - and of the idea of the Jew as sorcerer. --excerpt from 'Jewish Magic and Superstition'
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Description du livre Forgotten Books, 2008. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 1605067598
Description du livre Forgotten Books, 2008. Paperback. État : Brand New. 382 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.95 inches. This item is printed on demand. N° de réf. du libraire zk1605067598