Jewish Exorcisms And the Occult

Forward has an article on a centuries-old document which provides evidence concerning a little-known phenomenon — Jewish exorcisms:

The ghostly document details the prayers that were performed on Qamar bat Rahmah to try to rid her of the spirit of her dead husband, Nissim ben Bonia. According to the handwritten but well-preserved Hebrew text, the rabbis asked the ghost to “leave this woman, Qamar bat Rahmah, [and forgo] all authority and control that it has over her.”

The document fittingly comes from the abandoned recesses of the Cairo Geniza, a storeroom attached to a Cairo synagogue in which hundreds of thousands of ancient texts were left because of the Jewish prohibition on destroying religious documents.

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    What do they mean little known? Little known to people who don’t read history apparently. Anyone who’s heard anything from folklore knows about “possessions” aka people going insane in a time when people thought your dead relatives liked to possess your body. This wasn’t limited to medieval christian Europe. They didn’t invent the idea, just carried it on, as did the “exorcisms” to get rid of them.

    As the last I checked, Jews were human and went along with the rest of the culture they were involved in, it is a duh factor of ten that they had their own ghosts and ceremonies.

    Next they’ll discover the ancient Jewish secret that they believed the world was made up of 4 elements just like everyone else…

  • Synapse

    What do they mean little known? Little known to people who don't read history apparently. Anyone who's heard anything from folklore knows about “possessions” aka people going insane in a time when people thought your dead relatives liked to possess your body. This wasn't limited to medieval christian Europe. They didn't invent the idea, just carried it on, as did the “exorcisms” to get rid of them.

    As the last I checked, Jews were human and went along with the rest of the culture they were involved in, it is a duh factor of ten that they had their own ghosts and ceremonies.

    Next they'll discover the ancient Jewish secret that they believed the world was made up of 4 elements just like everyone else…