Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Abracadabra: Israel Museum exhibit explores Jewish magic


What separates religion from magic? How is the Jewish world connected to magic and why did certain prayers become associated with protective rituals?
A new exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem attempts to answer these thorny questions.
Titled “Hear, O Israel: The Magic of the Shema,” the show hones in on the Shema, an important Jewish prayer that has been recited for millennia. The first verse of the Shema – “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one” – comes from Deuteronomy and expresses the centrality of monotheism to the Jewish faith.
 But as the exhibition at the Israel Museum demonstrates, the prayer was also incorporated into Jewish amulets since ancient times.

1 comment :

  1. Here's something more relevant and horrible: www.jewitch.com


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