Exorcising Demons From the Halachah and the Universe

It is well know that Rambam, in his יד החזקה, somehow manages to avoid codifying any halachah that is rooted in what he (and rationalists generally) consider superstitious nonsense, without directly challenging or rejecting the formulations of Hazal. The archetypal example is his treatment of a pair of sugyos (previously discussed here) that indicate that […]

Can Demons Use the Telephone?

Ray Parker Jr. advises anyone worried about possibly paranormal phenomena to seek professional help (lyrics, audio): If there’s something strange in your neighborhood Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! If there’s something weird and it don’t look good Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! I ain’t afraid of no ghost I ain’t afraid of no ghost If […]