Description of Lilith
Lilith (Hebrew: לילית Lilit; Arabic: ليليث Līlīt) is a female Mesopotamian storm demon associated with wind and was thought to be a bearer of disease, illness, and Death.
What the Bible says
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what the babylonian talmud says
R. Hanina said: One may not sleep in a house alone,14 and whoever sleeps in a house alone is seized by Lilith.
Rabbah said: I saw how Hormin the son of Lilith was running on the parapet of the wall of Mahuza, and a rider, galloping below on horseback could not overtake him.
Rab Judah citing Samuel ruled: If an abortion had the likeness of Lilith its mother is unclean by reason of the birth, for it is a child, but it has wings. So it was also taught: R. Jose stated, It once happened at Simoni that a woman aborted the likeness of Lilith, and when the case came up for a decision before the Sages they ruled that it was a child but that it also had wings.
What the Kabbalah says
Jewish tradition – Kabbalah : the collective name for the Oral Traditions handed down from generations of Jewish rabbis until the teachings reached the mass populous today.
The origin of the Book of the Angel (or Archangel) Raziel originated when G-d had given the knowledge to Raziel (which means “Secret of G-d”) since his mission is transmitter of secrets (“Jewish Encyclopedia,” p 335).
According to Jewish tradition, G-d ordered Rehab to retireve the book and return it to Adam. The book was stolen again and ended at the bottom of the ocean for centuries. It was later retireved by Raphael, who gave it to Noah to protect him during the flood. Eventually, it was given to King Solomon by a Babylonia prince. In the 11th century, the book disappeared. A 15th century Italian translation has been discovered. A Hebrew version, Sodei Razya / Sefer HaShem – is attributed to Rabbi Eleazar
The Book of Raziel was published in 1701 in Amsterdam. Belief also held that possession of the book protected a home from fire.
Often reprinted, this popular book of practical kabbalah includes incantations and magical formulae. The opening shows an amulet to protect women in childbirth and newborn infants from harmful spirits, in this case, the spirit of Lilith. According to legend, Lilith was Adam’s first wife (before Eve), but left him when he refused to share power equally.
THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA -VOL. I – Pages 548-50 (in part) – Amulet
AMULET FOR PROTECTION AGAINST LILITH (From the “Sefer Raziel.”)
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Lilith — Favorite Demoness
Of the hordes of demons the Jew who would win out must use and dismiss, none is more prominent than Lilith. Some of the amulets meant to keep her in check, as reproduced from the Jewish Encyclopedia, appear in Exhibits 286 and 287. Lilith is supposedly jealous of lying-in mothers and their new-born Babies.
What the zohar says
The Zohar is a collection of commentaries on the Torah, intended to guide people who have already achieved high spiritual degrees to the root (origin) of their souls.
- Zohar 3:19a
When the Holy One, blessed be He,will bring about the destruction of the wicked Rome, and turn it into a ruin for all eternity, He will send Lilith there, and let her dwell in that ruin, for she is the ruination of the world. And to this refers the verse, And there shall repose Lilith and find her a place of rest (Isa. 34:14).
- Zohar III 227b
The black bile from the spleen corresponds to Lilith. She is under the control of Saturn. She is the melancholy of the nethermost kingdom of the dead, of poverty, darkness, weeping, lamentation, and hunger.