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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Jews Practicising Magic: Great Sources

It is not a conspiracy. Jews practice magic. This is part of Judaism. Those who accept it call it the "practical kabbalah" or mystical experiences.

Attempts have been made to call such Jews heretics and not representative of world Jewry. Those in power most certainly use the black arts of magic, and all it can offer. This is not to be confused with "white magic" or "Jewish mysticism" or "right" hand path. Even King Solomon dabbled with magic, according to the Holy Quran, he summoned up the devils putting them to work to rebuild the Temple, and using demons to help him win wars in battles. The same story is repeated in The Testament of Solomon. The Bible paints Solomon has a fallen character. The Quran paints him as using magic and a man who will be in paradise. The great paradoxes of our times.

King Solomon and Magic in Quran

The Testament of Solomon is a book written by Solomon before he sinned, when he asked for divine power from God, and was given the power to summon up demons (jinn in the Quran) and set them to work to build the Temple in Jerusalem. King Solomon was given a signet ring which had power to bind up the demons to do his will. There is nothing about using magic circles or any magical rituals except for a ring that was given to King Solomon. Magic is not permitted in Christianity and both the Jewish and Islamic positions on magic vary depending on scholarship. In some circumstances both Islam and Judaism believe magic can be studied but not practiced, but demonstrated or used to thwart evil magic. The Testament of Solomon can be downloaded here.

King Solomon practiced what we might consider magic but even he is found amongst the righteous in Paradise according to the Quran, but, it could be argued he used the "power" that came from God.

Surah 38:35, "He said, "My Lord! Forgive me, and bestow upon me a kingdom such as shall not belong to any other after me: Verily, You are the Bestower." So, We subjected to him the wind; it blew gently by his order whithersoever he willed, and also the Shayatin (devils) from the jinn (including) every kind of builder and diver, and also others bound in fetters."

God said to Solomon: "This is Our gift: so spend you or withhold, no account will be asked (of you)." And verily for him is a near access to Us, and a good (final) return (Paradise)."

Surah 27:17, "And there were gathered before Solomon his hosts of jinn (demons) and men, and birds, and they all were set in battle order (marching forward)."

King Solomon lost his kingdom and repented (Surah 38:34). God gave Solomon power over the weather and control over the demons -- "no account will be asked of him" implies he acted righteously with the power he had and he will be in Paradise. "others he bound in fetters" - refers to The Testament of Solomon where King Solomon subjected the demons to building work around the Temple. King Solomon never lost his salvation. King Solomon found the Queen of Sheba , a practicing witch, worshipping the sun (Surah 27:24) and she marvelled at the wisdom of Solomon (Luke 11:31).

The Testament of Solomon: "And among them also the queen of the south, being a witch, came in great concern and bowed low before me to the earth. And having heard my wisdom, she glorified the God of Israel, and she made formal trial of all my wisdom, of all the love in which I instructed her, according to the wisdom imparted to me. And all the sons of Israel glorified God. ... And the queen of the south saw all this, and marvelled, glorifying the God of Israel; and she beheld the Temple of the Lord being builded. And she gave a siklos1 of gold and one hundred myriads of silver and choice bronze, and she went into the Temple. And (she beheld) the altar of incense and the brazen supports(dvaq)opovs) of this altar, and the gems of the lamps flashing forth of different colours, and of the lamp-stand of stone, and of emerald, and hyacinth, and sapphire; and she beheld the vessels of gold, and silver, and bronze, and wood, and the folds of skins dyed red with madder. And she saw the bases of the pillars of the Temple of the Lord. All were of one gold ....2 apart from the demons whom I condemned to labour. And there was peace in the circle of my kingdom and over all the earth."

Surah 34:12, "And to Solomon (We subjected) the wind, its morning (stride from sunrise to midnoon) was a month's journey, and its afternoon (stride from the midday decline of the sun to sunset) was a month's journey (ie in one day he could travel two month's journey). And We caused a fount of (molten) brass to flow for him, and there were jinn (demons) that worked in front of him, by the Leave of his Lord. And whosoever of them turned aside from Our Command, We shall cause him to taste of the torment of the blazing Fire."

The Quran allows King Solomon to use the jinn for the service of the Temple (when compared with the Testament of Solomon) and the Leave of God permitted these things. But what about the magic which came down from Babylon? According to the Quran two angels came down to the city of Babylon and taught men magic.

Surah 2:102, "They followed what the Shayatin (devils) gave out (falsely of the magic) in the lifetime of Solomon. Solomon did not disbelieve, but the Shayatin (devils) disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things that came down at Babylon to the two angels, Harut and Marut, but neither of these two (angels) taught anyone (such things) till they had said, "We are only for trial, so disbelieve not (by learning this magic from us)." And from these (angels) people learn that by which they cause separation between man and his wife, but they could not harm anyone except by God's Leave. And they learn that which harms them and profits them not. And indeed they knew that the buyers of it (magic) would have no share in the Hereafter. And how bad indeed was that for which they sold their own selves, if they but knew."

Few of the scholars see "falsely of the magic". If there is false magic is there true magic? The false magic causes "separation between husband and wife" and "sells oneself". This is black magick that destroys free will and violates the Commandments of God. This is also a reference to "blood pacts" between humans and demons which exists in black magick, the Quran, interprets this as selling one's soul and loosing salvation. The power of God was given to King Solomon to rule over the demons and this was permissible by God's authority.

Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales

An interesting book highlighting the magical practices of Jews is called, Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales by Howard Schwartz.

About the book:

A vast bounty of tales recounting mystical experiences among the rabbis can be found in the Talmud, the Zohar, Jewish folktales, and Hasidic lore. Now, in Gabriel's Palace, scholar Howard Schwartz has collected the greatest of these stories, sacred and secular, in a marvellously readable anthology.

Gabriel's Palace offers a treasury of 150 pithy and powerful tales, involving experiences of union with the divine, out-of-body travel, encounters with angels and demons, possession by spirits holy and pernicious, and more. Schwartz provides an informative introduction placing these remarkable tales firmly in the context of centuries of post-biblical Jewish tradition. The body of the text presents spellbinding tales from the Talmud, Zohar, the Hasidic masters, and an enormous range of other sources. Here are stories of Shimon bar Yohai, reputed to be the author of the Zohar; Isaac Luria, known as the Ari, who was the central figure among the Safed mystics of the 16th century; Israel ben Eliezer, known as Baal Shem Tov, who founded Hasidism; Elimelech of Lizensk, possessor of legendary mystical powers; and Nachman of Bratslav, the great storyteller whose wandering spirit is said to protect his followers to this day. Together, these tales paint a vivid picture of "a world of signs and symbols, where everything that took place had meaning, a world of mythic proportions....A world in which the spirits of the dead were no longer invisible, nor the angels," where the master and his disciples labor to repair the world so that the footsteps of the Messiah might be heard.

Drawn from rabbinic, kabbalistic, folk, and Hasidic sources, these collected tales form a rich genre all their own. In Gabriel's Palace, the powerful tradition of Jewish mysticism comes to life in clear, contemporary English.

Ancient Jewish Magic by Gideon Bohak

Another interesting book to prove beyond doubt the Jews practice magic is: ANCIENT JEWISH MAGIC A History by GIDEON BOHAK.

About the book:

Gideon Bohak gives a pioneering account of the broad history of ancient Jewish magic, from the Second Temple to the rabbinic period. It is based both on ancient magicians' own compositions and products in Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, and on the descriptions and prescriptions of non-magicians, to reconstruct a historical picture that is as balanced and nuanced as possible. The main focus is on the cultural make-up of ancient Jewish magic, and special attention is paid to the processes of cross-cultural contacts and borrowings between Jews and non-Jews, as well as to inner-Jewish creativity. Other major issues explored include the place of magic within Jewish society, contemporary Jewish attitudes to magic, and the identity of its practitioners. Throughout, the book seeks to explain the methodological underpinnings of all sound research in this demanding field, and to highlight areas where further research is likely to prove fruitful.

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