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Eruvin 43a: Who was Yosef the Demon?

Adding to @Dov's answer, Yosef the Shed was a shed who would assist the sages by giving them info on shedim, as Sforno writes on Vayikra 17:7: "חקת עולם תהיה זאת שלא יזבחו לשעירים אף על פי שלא ...
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Are Synagogues "holy ground," offering protection from evil creatures?

Also to the contrary, see Talmud Kiddushin 29b, where the story is told of a demon that attacked people who entered the study hall. הוה ההוא מזיק בי רבנן דאביי דכי הוו עיילי בתרין אפי' ביממא הוו ...
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Is it muttar to whistle?

R. Hershel Schachter records that old people from Europe would say that only non-Jews whistle and that it is especially forbidden on Shabbos due to the creation of sound, to which R. Joseph B. ...
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Demon Possession in Judaism

Like many other beliefs, Judaism doesn't have a clear opinion on the matter, but individual Jews do. Rashi, for example, believed in demons and gives that explanation of ruah raah in Eruvin 45b s.v. ...
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Eruvin 43a: Who was Yosef the Demon?

There doesn't seem to be much to work off. The only thing I have to add is the following: As has been noted, he also appears in Pesachim 110a - Interestingly, in both instances Rav Steinsaltz zt"...
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Are there any rabbinic writings which attribute controlling angels and demons to King Solomon?

Yes. For example, Exodus Rabbah (30:16) וכמה רוחות ושדים כבש שלמה And Solomon captured numerous spirits and demons. There is also a lengthy passage in Gittin 68a about Solomon and demons, ...
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What are some books on demonology to read from a Jewish perspective?

Belief in demons exists in Judaism but is very peripheral. Many leading Jewish thinkers thought they didn't exist while others felt they did exist but we should distance ourselves from the occult. ...
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Would a conversion witnessed by three Jewish sheidim be approved?

Short answer: It's complicated, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be approved.1 Long answer: The core issue here, I believe, is whether or not a shed, even one termed "Jewish", can actually, ...
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Eruvin 43a: Who was Yosef the Demon?

The (אור זרוע (ח"ב עירובין סי' קמז speak a bit about him. Rashi on the page says that שדים do not keep shabbos. However, the אור זרוע quotes his rebbi ר' יהודה החסיד who says that the שדים ...
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How did Rashi know Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)?

Probably because Rabbeinu Gershom before him gave a similar definition: יצא לקראתם בן תמליון. שד הוא שקורין טיטון It is also worth noting the Sefer HaAruch, which served as a dictionary of Talmudic ...
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How the Hachamim did not recognize Shalmai

If you are referring to Ashmedai then the maaseh is related in Gittin 68b (starting here) and it would seem from the continuation of the story that the Chachomim were indeed tricked until proven ...
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Washing hands in the morning/Wrapping hand tefilin according to Rambam

R Y. Kapach/Kafih/Qafih's if it isn't already extinct R. Qafih's tradition is alive and strong. One of his primary disciples, R. Rason 'Arusi (a tremendous talmid hakham in his own right) is perhaps ...
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Minhag to not sleep in socks to show that we aren't shedim?

Hopefully this should answer your question which was answered on ShulchanAruchHarav.com Sleeping with socks: The Halachic issue of removing the socks and revealing the feet:[1] In area that it is not ...
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Checking for sheidim

Gemara Brachos 6a "...If a person wants to know if they (demons/mazikin/sheydim) are there, he should take finely sifted ashes and spread them around his bed (before going to sleep at night). In the ...
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Who is the Demon Ketav Meriri?

Somehow I get the feeling it's connected to plagues of malaria caused by mosquitoes rising off the swamps of Galilee in the late summer. Think; Meriri is the sound a mosquito makes; it is described as ...
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Sheidim: are they fact, or fiction?

Ralbag writes that sheidim are imaginary. He goes a step further than most other authorities who deny the existence of sheidim and actually attempts to prove that the Sages themselves (despite all ...
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Why should one have marital relations as if forced by a demon?

Sefer Kaf Hachaim seems to maintain that the primary interpretation is like the first opinion recorded in the Shulchan Aruch: ודומה כמי שכפאו שד פי' באימה וביראה - in awe and fear [of Heaven]. And it'...
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What practices are affected by a belief in demons?

Adapted from my question here. TLDR: not doing dangerous things during the Nine Days is predicated on the existence of demons. There are various restrictions in place from Rosh Chodesh Av for ...
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Who are the demons in Deuteronomy 32:17?

You say, 'I thought Judaism doesn't believe in demons at all.' Not true. The Talmud is replete with references to demons. Rabbis had conversations with them (for example, Chullin 105b), provided a way ...
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Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?

As Bruce explained very well above, in the story from Bava Metzia 59b, the Bas Kol doesn't have authority to override halacha. In Eiruvin 13b, there is a story of Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai arguing ...
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Exorcism in Judaism

In practice nowadays in Israel, Gedoley Hador encourage people to consult a psychiatrist. In most cases, antipsychotic treatments are successful. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of ...
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Can demons have kids with humans?

That is certainly the implication of, say, Rashbam (to Bava Basra 73a) who writes that Hormin was born from a man who fornicated with a female demon. And the same is implied by the notion that Sichon ...
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In which way do demons have an effect on us?

As has been mentioned in the comments above, it is worth noting that there is a question whether or not they are still in existence today - refer to the Magen Avrohom 173:1 speaking about רוח רעה. As ...
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In which way do demons have an effect on us?

Yearot Devash Derash 1 the Sitra Achra (realm of evil) sucks (yonkim) from the Jew who sins, the holy shefa (flow) inside him, and the Jew is a provider to them. Therefore, "around the wicked ...
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Why does the Kabbalah believe that human sin creates demons?

That's a quote from wikipedia. To me, it doesn't sound right, but I can't explain why as I haven't read the book, which is written by a reform rabbi (i.e. not a kabbalist), nor do I know why the ...
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Why were demons created at the end of Friday?

Midrash Shmuel (Avos 5:5) writes the following: ואפשר עוד לומר כי אלו הדברים נבראו בערב שבת בין השמשות לפי שכבר חטא אדם הראשון וגברו החיצונים והקליפות וראה השי"ת לברא אלו העשרה דברים לתועלתם של ...
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Why was it necessary for Sheidim to be on the Teivah?

I don't think that's what Sifsei Chachamim means. Rashi is based off the gemara in Chagiga 16a which states shades are similar to angels in three ways and to humans in three ways. ששה דברים נאמרו ...
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What are some books on demonology to read from a Jewish perspective?

Go buy an artscroll edition of Tractate Pesachim of the Talmud, and go to page 109b from the words ולא יפחתו לו…artscroll has a great intro into the different beliefs about demons that basically takes ...
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What are some books on demonology to read from a Jewish perspective?

For this subject, I'd most definitely recommend this book: The "Minhat Yehuda" by Rabbi Yehuda Fetaya Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1885220677/?coliid=IWAQ4V7BU95MY&colid=...
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