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Whatever is effective as a remedy is not witchcraftTalmud: Shabbat 67a
SHOROSHIM THE ULTIMATE AND UNIQUE ENGLISH THESAURUS OF HEBREW VERB ROOTS To bewitch, charm, enchant, practice magic: כשפ
Ulpan – How to say “witchcraft” in Hebrew
Whereas a not-very-nice term in English to describe a not-very-nice woman likens her to a dog, one such term in Hebrew likens her to a witch – מכשפה (more commonly pronounced with an ah vowel at the beginning of the word – מַכשפה ).
The root of מכשפה is כ.ש.פ , the same root as that of witchcraft: כישוף or מעשה כשפים – literally, an act of sorcery.For example: פעם היו יותר אנשים שהתעסקו בכישוף.
Once there were more people who dealt in sorcery.While a מכשפה is a witch, a מכשף is her male counterpart (only in fame, not in infamy), a sorcerer.
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