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Exposing a thief magically with the aid of a painted eye on the wall, has existed since antiquity. The spell includes instructions for drawing an eye, incantations, summoning up God’s help, and knocking a nail into the painted eye, thus harming the thief’s eye and exposing him. In this article we present the same spell written in Yiddish dating between the fifteenth to the sixteenth century. In tracing the Yiddish spell’s sources for both the text and its illustration, our examination reinforces previous scholarship of magical praxis, which asserts that rituals are cross-cultural and cannot always be traced to its Jewish or non-Jewish origins.

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In: European Journal of Jewish Studies
In: The Religious Cultures of Dutch Jewry
In: Dutch Jews as Perceived by Themselves and by Others
In: Dutch Jews as Perceived by Themselves and by Others
Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherlands
How did Jews in the Netherlands view themselves and how were they viewed by others? This is the single theme around which the twenty-five essays in this volume, written by scholars from the Netherlands, Israel and other countries, revolve.
The studies encompass a variety of topics and periods, from the beginning of the Jewish settlement in the Dutch Republic through the Shoah and its aftermath. They include examinations of the Sephardi Jews in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Jews in the periods of Emancipation and Enlightenment, social and cultural encounters between Jews and non-Jews throughout the ages, the image of the Jew in Dutch literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the churches' attitudes toward Jews.
Also highlighted are the second World War and its consequences, Dutch Jews in Israel and Israelis in the contemporary Netherlands.
In: Dutch Jews as Perceived by Themselves and by Others
In: Dutch Jews as Perceived by Themselves and by Others
In: Dutch Jews as Perceived by Themselves and by Others
In: Dutch Jews as Perceived by Themselves and by Others
In: Dutch Jews as Perceived by Themselves and by Others