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Sheidim: are they fact, or fiction?

Are there really such thing as sheidim? If so, what are they? Please include sources.
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Why should one have marital relations as if forced by a demon?

The gemarah (nedarim 20b) mentions that one of the reasons for having beautiful children is due to having relations "as if forced by a demon". Rashi there explains the term as either indicating that ...
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Avoiding solitary walks because of demons?

In the Shulkhan Aruch, O''C 551:18 it is written: צריך ליזהר מי"ז בתמוז עד ט' באב שלא לילך יחידי מד' שעות עד ט' שעות (משום שבהם קטב מרירי שולט) ; ולא יכו התלמידים בימים ההם.‏ From the ...
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Are Synagogues “holy ground,” offering protection from evil creatures?

I'm not a Jew, but I'm writing a fantasy novel set in medieval Europe, and one of my characters is a Jew. I've got a group of people with diverse backgrounds who've come together to fight a great evil....
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What practices are affected by a belief in demons?

Inspired by R' Slifkin's new monograph, Wrestling with Demons, and acknowledging the fact that the existence of sheidim and other things magical in nature is an age-old dispute, I am wondering about ...
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Why does God tolerate demons? What is their purpose?

The Bavli records in many places the existence of demons, and answers to this question cite rishonim and acharonim who take this seriously. Pesachim 112b relates a story in which demons are (...
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Is it Ossur (forbidden) to sleep alone in a room or house?

It says in Mesechet Shabbos 151b "R' Chanina said: It is forbidden to sleep alone in a house..." Is this the Halacha? And are Jews typically careful about this nowadays? If not, why not?
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Sheidim after the Baal Shem Tov

According to the Minchas Elazar, the Baal Shem Tov evicted the Sheidim from where humans live. Does that mean that they are still located in the wilderness areas and one must be "choshesh" for them ...
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Which Rabbinic source claimed that the Rambam “killed” the demons?

I've heard many times that the Rambam "killed" the demons rather than simply denying that they ever existed. Which Rabbinic source claims as much? Because the Rambam himself seems to have said that ...
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What does “שברירי ברירי…‏” do? How?

Bavli, P'sachim 112:1: ת״ר לא ישתה אדם מים לא מן הנהרות ולא מן האגמים בלילה ואם שתה דמו בראשו מפני הסכנה מאי סכנה סכנת שברירי ואי צחי מאי תקנתיה אי איכא איניש בהדיה לימא ליה פלניא בר פלנתא צחינא ...
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Exorcism in Judaism

What is the consensus today regarding dybbuks, demons and possession? Do we attribute these things to mental illness or do we acknowledge their existence?
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Demons can wreak havoc on Tuesday and Friday nights? Why those nights specifically? [duplicate]

Pesachim 112b relates a story about demons. The queen of demons (with a large army) used to be permitted to wreak havoc at will (which is a separate question), until one day when she encountered R. ...
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sheidim, servant of satan, death on sight, duck feet?

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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Who is the Demon Ketav Meriri?

What is the Ketav Meriri?
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What is Rambam's opinion on Demons

In Mishne Torah A.Z (11:16) he says that sorcery and mysticism in general does not exist but doesn't refer to demons explicitly. Does the Rambam speak about demons specifically anywhere else?
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Protection from Mazikim

I am looking for Torah sources discussing protection from mazikim (negative spiritual forces/beings). So if, theoretically, one suspects a room or apartment has these things manifest causing trouble, ...
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What is the Jewish belief regarding evil spirits?

What do Jews believe about ghosts and evil spirits? It seem to me that the Bible gives clear definition about the fact that they are real. What do Jews believe about this?
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What does the Rambam say about ghosts?

I simply want to know what the Rambam thinks about ghosts, spirits, demons, and things like that.
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Demons and smoke

R. Kaduri used to smoke three times a day. At his old age, I wouldn't think that he did it for any other reason but to smoke. I've heard from a lecture by Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi that R. Kaduri was asked ...
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List of halachot that relate to 'demons' [duplicate]

Are there any practical halachot (not minhagim) that are a direct consequence for our concern for demons or 'evil spirits'?
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Who are the demons in Deuteronomy 32:17

They sacrificed to demons that were no gods, to gods they had never known, to new gods that had come recently, whom your fathers had never dreaded. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=...
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Do any Jewish sources mention Satan talking to a Jew?

Do any Jewish sources mention Satan talking to a Jew? If so, how did the things that were said affect ancient Jewish life?
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Can demons (shedim) masquerade Bas Kols?

Is it possible for Shedim to masquerade Bas Kols to decieve people , like making people feel that it is Bas kohl but in reality is from Shedim?
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Who is the Serpent in Genesis? [duplicate]

I've read in the book "The Essential Zohar" by Rav Philip Berg that the Serpent was none other than the "Klipah"mentionned by name in Isiaiah 34:14. Yet Rabbi Mordechai Kraft appeared in a youtube ...
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Do Jews believe demons can eat people

Is there any mention in Jewish scripture of demons being capable of eating human beings? I am asking this question because it is found in other religions.
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Do you need a rabbi for exorcism?

Do you need a rabbi for exorcism or could you do it yourself? Like can you "kick out" a demon from yourself? Or do you need a Rabbi or someone else to help you? If you talk to a friend that might ...
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Casting out demons

When a Rabbi or someone else cast out a demon, why does it have to leave? Has thesuva anything to do with it? Can a demon be cast out of anyone at any time? Why and does it have to leave?