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 (dĭb′o͝ok, dē-bo͞ok′)
n. pl. dyb·buks or dyb·buk·im (dĭ-bo͝ok′ĭm, dē′bo͞o-kēm′)
In Jewish folklore, the wandering soul of a dead person that enters the body of a living person and controls his or her behavior.

[Yiddish dibek, from Hebrew dibbūq, probably from dābaq, to cling; see dbq in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈdɪbək; Hebrew diˈbuk)
n, pl -buks or -bukkim (Hebrew -buˈkim)
(Judaism) Judaism (in the folklore of the cabala) the soul of a dead sinner that has transmigrated into the body of a living person
[from Yiddish dibbūk devil, from Hebrew dibbūq; related to dābhaq to hang on, cling]
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(ˈdɪb ək)

(in Jewish folklore) a demon, or the soul of a dead person, that enters the body of a living person and directs the person's conduct, exorcism being possible only by a religious ceremony.
[1900–05; < Yiddish]
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Noun1.dybbuk - (Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
daemon, daimon, demon, devil, fiend - an evil supernatural being
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I recently saw The Dybbuk for the first time in quite a few years, and for the first time ever on the big screen.
A new kind of unwelcome body invader entered the Jewish lexicon during the 16th century--the dybbuk. A malevolent spirit or ghost, the dybbuk was said to usually possess low-status members of society, most commonly women and children.
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Bahya ben Asher's Shulhan Shel Arba, the dybbuk: the origins and history of a concept, and worlds to come between East and West: immortality and the rise of modern Jewish thought.
(58) But that absence is compensated by the extended space given to the movie's similarly Old World--if not otherworldly--seven-minute prologue, in Yiddish, about Reb Groshkover, a possible dybbuk (a malevolent possessing spirit), played by the inimitable star of Yiddish theater and character actor Fyvush Finkel, who visits the house of a shetl couple and is or is not fatally stabbed in the process.
Which is why you became so upset, last night on the telephone, when she suggested in exhaustion that you stop fighting President Truman and that dybbuk ofhis, Leslie Groves, head ofthe Project, who's tried to get you interned as an enemy for the duration of the war.
An-Sky's play The Dybbuk in 1921 (Yiddish), 1925-1926 (English), and 1926-1927 (Hebrew), along with several restagings, deepened this perception with their avant-garde portrayals of Hasidic life--including a mystically evocative musical score by St.
He also appeared in "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "For Love or Money" and "Nixon." In 2009 Finkel appeared in the opening scene of Academy Award best picture nominee "A Serious Man" playing a Treitle Groshkover, known as a "dybbuk" in Jewish lore -- the wandering soul of a dead person that enters the body of a living person and controls his or her behavior.
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(19) In 1918, Hayim Bialik translated Ansky's play The Dybbuk into Hebrew.
When I first poke my head in, the company is in the middle of the show's final scene, "The Dybbuk," based on the Yiddish play by S.
(4) On An-sky and his ethnographic work, see Gabriella Safran, Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk's Creator; S.