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What does Judaism say about magic?

G-d is the Force. He is One, but to give us Free Choice, He created Two: Light and Darkness. Both come from Him, but only one is His Will.Darkness...

Should I allow my child to carve a jack-o-lantern for Halloween?

Halloween is originally an ancient pagan festival instituted in order to “appease” the spirits of the dead. It was later adopted by Christians...

Why do Jews consider Tuesday to be a lucky day?

“Lucky” is not really the correct terminology, since Jews believe in Divine Providence, not luck. Perhaps auspicious would be better. The...

What are those red strings I see people wearing around their wrists?

The red strings are quite simply superstitions with no basis in Scripture or Jewish Law. There does seem to be a custom of wrapping a red string around...

Does reading Chinese fortune cookie messages transgress a Biblical prohibition?

Indeed, there is a prohibition against using soothsayers and fortunetellers: "You shall follow God with perfect faith [and not] hearken to...

Why should we worry about Ayin Hara? If we serve G-d, He will protect us!

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?moses_fan: why should we worry about ayin hara [Ed. note: See What...

The Dime

Emerging from midshipman school a newly minted ensign in blue and gold, I was prevailed upon by my widowed mother to come to the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I was...

Haim Potterovitch and the Sorcerer's Kiddush

You may have heard about a series of books that are taking America by storm. They illustrate the often brazen, sometimes funny, but constantly poignant...

Jewish Astrology?

Sefer Yetzirah, one of the first Jewish books ever written, reveals the secrets of Jewish astrology. Throughout the Bible, Talmud and Code of Jewish Law...

What is an "ayin hara" (evil eye)?

When one views another's success (possessions, accomplishments, etc.) with envy, an ayin hara (evil eye) is created, which can cause harm to the...