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In the Torah portion of “Vaera” (Exodus 6:2-9:35) we read about Moses’ visits to Pharaoh demanding that the Jewish people be set free.

Sticks are turning into snakes, water into blood, dust into lice, and much more. Seven of the ten plagues are in this reading.

While Moses performed these “tricks” with the power of God, Pharaoh’s magicians did so with black magic.

Rabbi Enkin’s fascinating discussion about the Jewish view of black magic will keep you intrigued.

Is it a “real” power? Are Jews permitted to engage in any form of magic? Attend magic shows? Has magic somehow fueled anti-semitism?

From the sorcerers of Egypt to modern-day wizards and magicians, come learn about Judaism’s take on this mysterious topic!