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Are sheidim servants of satan? Will you really die if you see it's true form? And do they really have chicken feet?

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No. The Gemara and Medrash are full of references of people seeing them and surviving to tell of it.

For example, according to the Gemara (Gitin chap. 7), the way Shlomo Hamelech realized it was Ashmdai the King of Sheidim versus the actual king was by this indicator of birds feet (maybe calves feet), and concluded that the homeless man was the real king.

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+1 This answer could use better explanation and formatting, though. – HodofHod Dec 26 '11 at 1:47
This is not a Medrash, it is a Gemara in Gitin Perek 7. – Hacham Gabriel Dec 26 '11 at 1:53

1) No. 2) No, but there was a story of a guy who did trick and saw the supernatural world and then died, until the rabbis prayed around his bed and he was revived. 3) Yes.

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................What? – HodofHod Dec 26 '11 at 20:50
@HodofHod he asked 3 questions – Hacham Gabriel Dec 26 '11 at 22:00
I know, that's not my question. My question is on #2 which is hard to understand. Also, a source for any/all of your points would be nice. – HodofHod Dec 26 '11 at 22:16
@HodofHod The gemara (B'rachos 6a) says that R' Bibi bar Abaye used the method described there to see mazikin, and he was harmed as a result (it doesn't say he died). The rabbis prayed for him and he recovered. – Fred Mar 13 '13 at 17:23

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