Magie. Anges et démons dans la tradition juive

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Translated title Magic. Angels and Demons in Jewish Tradition

Gideon Bohak, Anne Hélène Hoog.


Dorota Sniezek.


Paris, France, 2015. 173 pp., illustrations: 89 col., 1 b&w, 25.5 × 19.8 cm. French.




Musée d’ Art et d’ Histoire du Judaïsme (4 March–28 June 2015)


The place of magic in Jewish belief and practice, in past and present days. Numerous topics addressed throughout the catalog, including: angels and demons, mothers and infants, protecting the house, healing and comfort, animal power and mineral power, rabbis and “practical” kabbalah, the power of signs and letters, magic and religion, aggressive and erotic magic, and Christian magic. Individual essays devoted to: “Anges et démons” [Angles and Demons] (Gideon Bohak), “Principes de la magie juive: croyances et pratiques” [Principles of Jewish Magic: Beliefs and Practices] (Yuval Harari), “L’ art des amulettes juives” [The Art of Jewish Amulets] (Shalom Sabar), “Médicine et magie dans le monde juif” [Medicine and Magic in the Jewish World] (Carmen Caballero-Navas), “Kabbale et magie juive” [Kabbalah and Jewish Magic] (Josef H. Chajes), and “Savoir et pratiques magiques dans la société juive contemporaine, l’ example français” [Magical Knowledge and Practices in Contemporary Jewish Society, the French Example] (Gabriel Hagaï). Basic listing. Majority of exhibits came from the Gross Family Collection. 250+ items.

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Circumcision clothsCircumcision garmentsHistorical photographsIlan ha-gadolIncantation bowlsKabbalah, ChristianKiddush cupsMezuzah casesMicrographyPostcardsPrints, Jewish customs & ceremoniesRimmonimSamaritans, amuletsShiviti plaques, paperShmirotZodiac signs

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Exhibition brochure with text copy from exhibition panels, 8 pp., 2 b&w illus., 25 × 15 cm. English and French editions; Invitation to exhibition opening, folded card, 1 col. illus., 21 × 14.8 cm; Museum bulletin of events, February–July 2015, with exhibition and related events listed on pp. 6–9, 47 pp., 21 × 15 cm. French; Hamsa bookmark, 1 col. illus., 17 × 5 cm; Postcard of exhibited object, 1 col. illus., 15 × 10.5 cm; Exhibition announcement, postcard, 1 col. illus., 15 × 10.5 cm.

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