Magic & Superstition in the Jewish Tradition

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Marcia Reines Josephy.


Chicago, Ill., USA, 1975. Booklet, 88 pp., illustrations: 52 b&w, 20.5 × 25.5 cm. English.


Spertus Museum (20 October 1974–25 January 1975)


Large variety of amulets in different media and for different types of protection. Foreword by David Weinstein. Introduction to amulets and their use by Arthur M. Feldman. Main essay, “Jewish Magic & Superstition”, followed by listing of objects according to category: Archaeological Devices for Protection, Amulets, Amulets cases, Mizrah and Shiviti, Mezuzah, Astrology, Kabbalah, The Evil Eye, Hamsa, Rites of Transition, Health, Kapparot, Lilith & Childbirth Protection, Amulets for Children, and Adornments and Protection. Introductory text to each category. Thorough descriptive entries. 222 items.

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Angels/DemonsArchaeological findsHamsasHamsas, lamp hangersJewelryLilithMezuzah casesShiviti plaques, metal

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