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(Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior

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The Dybbuk and the Yiddish Imagination: A Haunted Reader.
Denied entry into heaven or the purging of purgatory, it wandered, tormented endlessly by more powerful spirits, until it hardened into something different: a body-snatching horror called a dybbuk.
There are those who believe that dybbuks continue to haunt us.
Chajes suggests, through a comparative historical approach, the existence of a deep nexus of the living and the dead between worlds, as the chosen title wants to explain: the dybbuk is the spirit who possessed someone.
9) The belief in dybbuks existed mainly in certain circles of Judaism from the seventeenth until the nineteenth century, (10) but there are still rare accounts of such beliefs and phenomena in strains of Judaism that tend toward mystical-magical thought such as the Cabala, though they are not characteristic of the mainstream.
The echoes of occult experience, including succubism, vampirism, dybbuks, and the transmigration of souls, mark Shosha as an encounter of modernity and the traditional Jewish world.
While spinning dybbuks attack him wildly, the man is told to look into the eyes of blind Albert, who has spent the episode facing his own Vietnam-guilt "demons.
Female graduate student, studying kaballah, Zohar, exorcism of dybbuks, seeks mensch.
Nevertheless, it is true that Singer's prevailing concern with the esoterica of cabala, demons, and dybbuks (spirits of the dead that invade the bodies of the living), and his frank, sometimes obsessive treatment of sexuality and carnality, his special mix of realism and fantasy, burst the bounds of that literature.
Chajes, Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism and Ronald Schechter for Obstinate Hebrews: Representations of Jews in France, 1715-1815; and for philosophy/thought Michael Mack for German Idealism and the Jew: The Inner Anti-Semitism of Philosophy and German Jewish Responses, Lawrence Fine for Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and His Kabbalistic Fellowship, and Melissa Raphael, The Female Face of God in Auschwitz: A Jewish Feminist Theology of the Holocaust.
Yet the young Goldstein found himself attending parties thrown by the Chabad rabbi for holidays like Purim, and discussing with him such elements of traditional Jewish religion and folklore as golems, dybbuks, and the coming of the messiah.
After all, wasn't his work itself filled with mediums, ghosts, and spirits, with dybbuks and demonic possessionall the paraphernalia of a vanished superstition?
In Kabbalah there is a tradition of ibburs--I guess you'd call them ghosts--and dybbuks and souls that remain on the earth for various reasons.
In short, the author offers a renewal of Jewish history which is alive to the possibility of demons and dybbuks and replete with messianic yearning, even in the face of earthly suffering much in the manner of the stories of Bernard Malamud and Isaac Bashevis Singer.