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What is the Jewish view on astrology, witchcraft, and occult practices?
A. The Torah1 outlaws peeking around the curtain concealing the future. Tarot cards, crystal balls, psychics, astrology, horoscopes, seances, and palm...

What is the Jewish view on psychics?
There is no doubt that there exist people who possess genuine supernatural powers. Good luck finding them. You don't need Judaism to tell you this...

Is it forbidden to talk to the deceased?
There is no problem with talking to the soul of a departed person. The Torah (Deut. 18:11) tells us only that we are forbidden to "consult the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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