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Misplacing things and Shedim

Are there any sources in Judaism that explain that when you put something down and you lose it straight after, shedim have taken it and misplaced it to mess with you? Not sure if this is a good ...
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What are some books on demonology to read from a Jewish perspective?

I have recently developed an interest in demonology and I'm looking to study it from a Jewish perspective. Can anybody recommend books on the topic?
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Is it dangerous to drink water on Tuesday and Friday nights?

The Gemara in Pesachim 112a says A person should not drink water on Tuesday nights or [...] Friday nights. And if he drinks water, his blood is upon his own head, due to the danger. What is this ...
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How does one perform an exorcism in Judaism

What are the steps one must perform in order to conduct a Jewish exorcism ritual?
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Demon Possession in Judaism

Some religions, particularly Christianity, have a concept in which demons or evil spirits can enter a person's body and take control of them. Does Judaism have a concept similar or like this? The ...
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In which way do demons have an effect on us?

I would like to know how mazikim, sheidim, se'irim and ruchot rah (often translated as demons or evil spirits) are able to effect our lives. That is, broadly, is their effect physical and ...
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Am I allowed to use the word “sheid” (demon)?

I have noticed that some people are careful to not say the word "sheid" (demon) and say "shin-daled" instead. What's that all about?
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Checking for sheidim

If I'm concerned about sheidim hanging out in my bedroom is there a procedure for checking to see if there are actually sheidim my vicinity or if it's just my imagination?
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Are there any rabbinic writings which attribute controlling angels and demons to King Solomon?

I saw an article claiming rabbinic literature spoke of Solomon controlling angels and demons. I'm not sure of the truth to the claim and was wanting to know if there are any rabbinic sources which ...
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Can demons have kids with humans?

I heard that some rishonim of blessed memory said demons can have intercourse with humans. So could demons have kids with humans?
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 he does not refer to demons explicitly. Does the Rambam speak about demons specifically anywhere else?
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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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Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?

Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from whispering coming from demons or evil spirits? I hear many Rabbonim have heard contradictory Bas kol so what is the ...
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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. (Deuteronomy 32:17) This 'demons that ...
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What is the Jewish belief regarding evil spirits? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which Rabbinic source claimed that the Rambam “killed” the demons?

I have heard many times that the Rambam "killed" the demons rather than simply denying that they ever existed. Which Rabbinic source claims as much? The Rambam himself seems to have said that they ...
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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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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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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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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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Who is the Demon Ketav Meriri?

What is the Ketav Meriri?
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sheidim, servant of satan, death on sight, duck feet? [closed]

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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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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Is it muttar to whistle?

Is it allowed for a Jew to whistle? If yes, is it even allowed on Shabbos? If no, why not? Has anyone ever heard that if one whistles at night, that it attracts sheidim and mazikin? And what are the ...