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Jewish Magic: Sorcery, Spells, and Illusion (Winter 2021)

After two centuries of modern disenchantment, magic is more popular than ever today. Witchcraft, shamanism, and divination appeal to those seeking embodied, anti-authoritarian spiritual practices that both cater to our moment’s DIY ethos and enable a reclamation of spiritual power by many who have been disenfranchised from more mainstream religious institutions. But is there such a thing as Jewish magic?! The many Jewish magical recipe books that span two millennia and several Jewish vernaculars—Aramaic, Arabic, Yiddish, and Hebrew—answer this question with an emphatic yes. In this five-part course, we will encounter the past and present of Jewish magic through studying magical texts, artifacts, practices, and history. We will strive to explore this mysterious terrain through a balance of wonder, critical-analysis, and conversation. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about spirituality, Jewish history, or the occult, from a scholarly and experiential perspective, please consider joining.

 

Class Schedule

1: The Genres of Jewish Magic

2: The Study of Magic: Talmudic Rabbis as Sorcerer and Scholars

3: Amulets & Dybbuks: Accessing the Spirit Realms

4: The Shamans of Ashkenaz: The Magical Medicine of the Shtetl

5: “Qabbalistic Magick”: The New-Age Synthesis of Magic, Kabbalah, Astrology, and Wellness

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 thru Tuesday, February 23, 2021
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
See session list below for specific session times and locations.
Topics: Text Courses
Educator: Yosef Rosen, Ph.D.

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Jewish Magic: Sorcery, Spells, and Illusion - Winter 2021 Tier 60%
$ 90.00
Unlimited
Jewish Magic: Sorcery, Spells, and Illusion - Winter 2021 Tier 100%
$ 150.00
Unlimited
Jewish Magic: Sorcery, Spells, and Illusion - Winter 2021 Tier 80%
$ 120.00
Unlimited

Note about payment tiers

As a nonprofit, we rely on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We also offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. The 100% tier is the full cost of the course. Please evaluate your own ability to pay and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate.

Need more info?

If you have any questions about this course or would like to ask about joining after the start date, please email info@hmqm.org.