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Parashat Naso (May 18, 2013)
by Saul Kaiserman

AMULETS, SUPERSTITION AND WITCHCRAFT — perhaps the enduring remnants of the pagan worship of our ancestors — always have been a part of Jewish folk religion. Golems, dybbuks and demons play key roles in the Talmud, the stories of our grandparents and our imaginations today. It still is common practice to change one’s name after surviving an illness or to wear the mezuzah as a good-luck charm, a hamsa to ward off the evil eye or a red string after a visit to the Kabbalah Center.

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