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  • Dybbuks, demons and exorcism in Judaism

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 27, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    “Civilized people lose their religion easily, but rarely their superstitions.”
    — Karl Goldmark

    Rabbi Isaac Luria, one of the greatest of Jewish mystics, would walk in the hills of 16th century Safed and point out to his students the souls of the dead, often standing on their...

  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • 20 Minutes in Hell

    By Ilana Angel

    February 22, 2012 | 6:56 am

    There are moments during the course of any given day when I wonder if I am in hell.  Sitting in traffic on the 405 freeway, watching reality television, teaching my son to parallel park.  Yesterday however was special, because I am certain I actually saw the devil.  He was laughing...

  • The devil’s greatest trick

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 24, 2010 | 4:14 am

    I’ve referenced it before but the line at the end of this clip is one of my favorite in American film history. Just caught it again on Encore. Enjoy.

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  • ‘Going up?’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 17, 2009 | 11:00 am

    I was watching UCLA play Cal State Fullerton last night—ugh—and this commercial, one of my favorites from ESPN, popped up. I thought I had previously blogged it but couldn’t find any remnant in the archives. Enjoy.

  • Sportscenter anchor declines elevator ride with Devil

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 16, 2009 | 2:54 pm

    I can assure you, this was not a Shabbat elevator.

    Jay Harris makes the right decision and gets out.