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Very Superstitious

Clinging to old superstitions connects me to my Soviet Jewish roots. But as a mother, I worry about making my children neurotic about the evil eye.

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The Talmud’s Demonology Resembles the Schlocky Inventiveness of ‘Dune’ or ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Infused with magic—and ritual designed to conjure or contain magic—Jewish oral law remains a mix of jurisprudence and poetry

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Pregnant Pause

Pregnancies are fertile ground for superstition, especially for those who assume their traditions and lucky charms are based in Jewish law

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Shock Therapy

How my shrink helped me by becoming my biggest problem

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Adventures in Babyland

Writer Sam Apple on how parenthood changed him—and how it didn’t

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Beware the Evil Eye

A family blurs the borders between religion, superstition, and OCD

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