Lillith

Someone recently showed me a copy of "Lillith," a Jewish feminist magazine. Is the name Lillith mentioned in the classical Jewish texts?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

Lillith, a female demon, was Eve's alleged predecessor who enticed Adam into illicit sexual activities.

From the four specific references to Lillith in the Talmud, we learn that she is a wild-haired and winged creature with nymphomaniac tendencies (Eruvin 100b, Nidah 24b, Shabbat 151b). She is the mother of demons (Bava Batra 73a) and is said to "kill 100 of her demon children daily."

According to Rabbi Chiya, she "returned to dust" (Genesis Raba 22:7), and God proceeded to create a second Eve for Adam (Genesis Raba 18.4).

(sources: Zohar - Vayikra 19; Alphabet of Ben-Sira; The Juggler and the King, by Rabbi Aharon Feldman, feldheim.com)

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