Jewish Magic & Superstition

A Study in Folk Religion

By Joshua Trachtenberg
July 2004
Sefer Ve Sefel Publishing
ISBN: 9789657287040
356 pages
$26.50 Paper Original

Of all the charges against the Jewish people the one that has enjoyed the hardiest tenacity and the utmost notoriety, and has produced the direct consequences, is the ritual murder accusation. In its popular version it foists upon Jewish ritual the requirement of Christian blood at Passover service. The subject of much study and infinitely more polemics, its absurdity has been conclusively established, but the true nature of the accusation has never been made sufficiently clear. The legend as we know it was the product of ancient superstition - and of the idea of the Jew as sorcerer.

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