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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-11-01

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Collective Review of Six Books Deals with Magic,
Necromancy, Supernaturalism, Witchcraft, Golem

A Study by ALLEN A. WARSEN
A Collective Review

PART ONE
Cadillac, the founder of De-
troit, believed that the Ameri-
can Indians were the de-
scendants of the lost tribes
of Israel. This belief he re-
.corded in a document dated
1718 and • entitled "Descrip-
tion of -Michilimackinac: In-.
dian Tribes of the Region."
In this document Cadillac
described the Indian occult
practice of nose piercing as
follows, ". . . the word Outa-
ous means in our language
"the nation of the Nez
Perces" (pierced noses), to
which they attach a small
stone well ornamented, which
hangs down in the middle of
the mouth between the lips.
This is a custom among
them, and they would not
consider themselves properly
adorned without this orna-
ment. Some of the elders
maintain, however, that this
is a preventive against
"medicine" that is to say,
the spells that their enemies
and their evil-intentioned
persons might cast upon.
them, to poison them or
cause their death."
'T h i s practice Cadillac
maintained was proof "that
it is an idea of the ancient
Jews: for we read in history
that one Eleazar delivered
people possessed of the devil,
in the presence of the Em-
peror Vespasian, of his son,
and of several princes and
noblemen of his court. He
proceeded as I o 11 o w.s : he
pierced the nose of the pos-
sessed one, and passed
through it a ring hollow in-
side, wherein he placed 'an
herb; and as soon as the
devil smelled it, he threw
the body of the possessed one
upon the ground, and fled,
without daring to return to
it. The same Eleazar also
did this frequently in the
name of Solomon; so that
these savage - nations may
well have retained this cus-
tom of piercing their noses
(from their Hebrew ances-
tors), and have forgotten the
purpose for which it was in-
troduced."/1 -
Cadillac's description of
Eliezer's magic powers and
reference to history is a ver-
sion of Flavius Josephus' ac-
count related in the "An-
tiquities of the Jews." It
reads:
'God also enabled him
(Solomon) to learn that skill
which expells demons, which
is a useful science to men.
He composed such incanta-
tions also by which distem-
pers are alleviated; and left
behind him the manner which
they drive away demons; so
that they never return, and
this method of cure is of
great force until this day.
For I have seen a certain
man of my own countr y
whose name was Eleazar,
releasing the people that
were demoniacal in the pres-
ence of Vespasian, and his
sons, and his captains, and
the multitude of his soldiers:
and the manner of the cure
was this: he put a ring that
had a root of one of those
sorts mentioned by Solomon
to the nostrils of the de-
moniac, after which he drew
out the demon through his
nostrils: and when the man
fell down, he adjured him

to return into Min no more;
making still mention of Sol-
omon, and reciting the in-
cantations which he com-
posed. And when Eleazar
would demonstrate to the
spectators, that he had such
a power, he set a little way
off a cup or basin full of
water, and commanded the
demon, as he went out of
the man to overturn it: and
thereby let the - spectators
know that he had left the
man. And when this was ,
done, the skill and wisdom
of Solomon was shown very
manifestly." (More about
Solomon's wisdom later)
By the way, the name Eliez-
er which means "my God
helps" also serves as a kabal-
istic • explanation of Genesis
14: "And when Abram heard
that his brother (Lot) was
taken captive, he led forth
his trained men, born in his
house, three hundred and
eighteen, and pursued as far
as Dan . . and smote
them . . ."
The question arises, "Did
Abraham r e ally need so
many, inasmuch as God was
on his side? To this Gematria
(Gematrita was t h e name
given to a process of discov-
ering relations between
words through calculation of
their numerical values)
answers that the sum of the
name of Abraham's major-
domo, Eliezer of Damascus,
is three hundred and
eighteen, and 'that Abraham
defeated the four kings and
rescued Lot with the Ifelp of
one man (ELIEZER)."
Another famous Jew adept
at witchcraft was Lucaides
( Seventh Century CE). He is
known for his attempt., to
deprive Mohammed, founder
of Islam, of his virility. To
succeed he employed knotted
cords, muttered enigmatic
soliloquies, and instead of
perforating t•h e prophet's
nose, pierced a wax figure
representing h i m . "Fortu-
nately, Allah appeared to
Mohammed in a dream, and
revealed the cause of his
ailment. The wax figure and
the cord were found in a
sacred well, and :when the
prophet recited some verses
from the Koran the punc-
tures in the wax disappeared,
and the knots beca,me
united."/2 (And Mohammed
undoubtedly regained h i s
virility.)
More about the kabalists. -
It should be noted that the
kabalists believe that by re-
arranging similar letters of
dissimilar words- miracles
can be performed. A story
is told that "When in the
last war the German army
occupied Greece, the Jews of
Syria were in great fear that
the Germanic invasion might
extend into their country. As
Allied strategy seemed pow-
erless to stem the tide, the
Jews 'sought help from the
Mekkubalim, hte kabalists.
The latter retired to med-
itation, and having sat up all
night, they came forth and
declared to the w a i t i n g
crowd that the danger was
averted. They had transposed
the letters of the word Syria,

word Russia,

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composed in Hebrew of the
same letters, though differ-
ently arranged. And it came
about as they provoked it
by their magical art, for
Hitler, instead of continuing
his advance towards the
Near East, attacked the Sov-
iet Union shortly after."/2
•It is noteworthy that the
term ' "kabala" derives From
the Hebrew verb "to re-
ceive." According to the
kabalists "God Himself re-
vealed the Kabala to man-
kind in biblical times: Adam
received a kabalistic book
from the angel Raziel, and
through -this wisdom he was
enabled to overcome the grief

of his fall and to regain dig-
nity. The 'Book of Raziel'
was handed down to Solo-
mon, who by its power sub-
dued earth, and hell."/2 To
the kabalist in Anski's "Dyb-
buk," the "Kabala tears one's
soul from the earth! It raises
man to the most exalted
holiness; . it opens all the
heavens to one's sight; it
leads straight to Pardes. It
reaches out to the infinite!
It reveals a hem of the great
curtain."/4
Modern historians, h o w -
ever, regard the Kabala as a
product of an historical
process.
We will continue our study
of the more popular occult
arts, and first describe the
"science" of astrology. It is

unquestionably best known
for predicting human life.
Needless to say that there
is hardly a newspaper which
does- not include a horoscope
with all the zodiac - characters
among its numerous fea-
tures. A recent horoscope
foretold, "If tomorrow is
your birthday, you may be
musical, you have sense of
drama, and possibly a sweet
tooth."
. The stars are astrology's
workshop. Astrologists assert
that our well-being depends
on whether the stars are well-
disposed or ill-disposed to-
wards us. Our fate is . like-
wise -determined by them.
Our fate also depends on
our body's moles. This doc-
trine holds that "A mole on

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
20—Friday• Nivembet: 1, 1974

a man's forehead signifies
wealth; on a woman's fore-
head, it denotes that she will
be powerful, perhaps a ruler
. . • Moles on the hands an-
nounce many children."/2
Another occult doctrine is
metoposcopy. Its "doctors"
insist that man's destiny can -
be predicted by the position
of the wrinkles on his fore-
head. "A man whose fore-.
head is marked by three
parallel lines on its higher
parts, denotes pacific and
quiet character . . When
the three lines are placed in
lower compartments, they
reveal the man's irascible
character. He will be a
murderer."/2
'And, of course, man',:
ture and character
revealed by his physiogif4
features, such as eyes, ears,
(Continued on Page 21)

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