Dybbuks: The Who, What, When, Where or Why Is Her Life a Living Hell!

Joyce Tannenbaum

Mort, this is my cry for help.

You have developed a reputation as an erudite scholar with a passion for dybbuks.

Since my life is a living hell, I want your learned opinion on whether or not dybbuks are the cause of my problems.

Again, with your knowledge and understanding of these ne’er-do-wells, I beg you to answer my questions.

  1. Are my family members be dybbuks?

My parents, my children and my siblings are conspiring—behind my back— to have me declared insane or to kill me.

They whisper in front of me.

They giggle behind my back.

They stop talking in mid-sentence when I enter a room.

My possessions, especially my cell phones, disappear in my own home or are moved to different locations in my house.

My family is driving me paranoid, nuts and crazy!!!

  1. How many dybbuks are allowed to attack one “normal” person? I seem to have more than my fair share of them.
  2. Are dybbuks divided up in classes, degrees or levels?
  3. Can dybbuks be exorcized from a host body or somehow removed from my life?

Mort Laitner

Joyce, oy gevalt you got some serious problems. But first let me make this disclaimer: I do not hold a PhD nor am I a scholar on the subject of dybbuks.

But based on my readings on the subject matter, the movies I have watched, and my mortal combat with dybbuks, I feel I am as qualified, if not more qualified than your rabbi to answer your questions.

Before I answer your inquiry, here are some points for your consideration.

Dybbuks are:

Those malicious spirits whose goal is to make you suffer;

Those dislocated souls of the dead that enter the bodies of a living (hosts);

Those evil spirits that don’t leave the host’s body until they have accomplished their goal which is to make your life morally, physically, mentally, and financially miserable.

You had morals—they stole them.

You had physical health—they filled your body with lesions.

You were of sound mind—they drove you nuts.

You were financially comfortable—they lead you to the poor house.

I have fought these demons and so far I have won.

Joyce. you can relate to all of this.

You have seen and fought these mamzurs.

You have witnessed these evildoers in action.

They have tried to hurt you and some of them have succeeded.

They have tried to steal your mortal soul—-by entering your body threw all of your orifices.

Joyce, you saw the movie “The Exorcist.”

You remember that poor little girl, tied to her bed posts, screaming, cursing and vomiting at the old and the young priest.

That’s what happens, if a dybbuk enters your body.

Dybbuks are demonic possessors in the Kabbalist tradition.

Dybbuks are the occult with a twist of Yiddish.

So here are my answers:

  1. Of course, your family members can be dybbuks.

Two out of ten people claim their parents, or their children, or their spouses, or their siblings drove them crazy.

Who knows how many of those parents, children, spouses, siblings were demonically possessed.

Relatives make great dybbuks.

A relative’s body is a perfect disguise.

They know your weak spots.

They know which buttons to push to make you crazy;

They know how to make you voluntarily surrender your assets;

They know how to steal your dignity.

If you don’t believe me, just visit your local courthouse and witness;

Siblings fighting over an inheritance;

Criminal lawyers begging for mercy for their clients;

Spouses fighting over their children and worldly possessions.

In those courtrooms, you can taste and smell the sulfur emanating from dybbuk’s bodies.

  1. Most studies suggest that divine providence only allows one dybbuk to attack one human at a time.

Two dybbuks verses one human being would be quite an unfair fight.

But one person in Alberta, Canada claimed in his PhD thesis that he fought off ten dybbuks at one time.

  1. Of course dybbuks come in categories, classes and degrees.

First of all always remember, none of them are benign. The weaker dybbuks destroy your life slowly, while the strong guys go for a quick knockout punch.

  1. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, there has never been a successful exorcism of a dybbuk.

Remember that “The Exorcist” was a movie.

“To free yourself from dybbuks, you must banish them from your world, or run away or hide from them.

Joyce, hope my answers are helpful.

I am praying for.

If you send me your postal address, I’ll send you a Kabbalah red string bracelet which should be worn on your left wrist and a copy of  Dr. M. Scott Peck’s, book, “The People of The Lie—The Hope for Healing Human Evil.”

Peck is the author of one of my favorite books, “The Road Less Traveled.”

In “The People of the Lie,” Peck stresses that, “people who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures.”

I’m going to repeat that point because it is so poignant, “People who are evil attack others instead of facing their own failures.”

Joyce, hopefully, these items and my davening for you will provide protection from your dybbuks.

Please write to advise me when you are no longer living in hell.

About the Author
Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. ChatGPT says, Mort is known for his works that often explore themes of love, loss, and the human connection. Laitner has published several books , including “A Hebraic Obsession.” His writing style is characterized by its emotional depth and introspection. Laitner’s works have garnered praise for their heartfelt expression and keen insight into the human experience.
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