Specifically asking because I’m watching the movie Der Dybbuk right now, and I read the actual script by S. Ansky yesterday. Consistently throughout the movie the Khasidim invoke Satan as an evil being much like he’s invoked in Christianity, going so far as to have the main character Khonnon summon him to cast dark magic allowing Khonnon to possess Leah. I’m mostly confused as as far as I’m aware, Satan as this anti-God figure that sets out to do evil and lead the righteous astray for malicious purposes isn’t who or what Satan was in almost any capacity in Judaism, yet this seminal work of Yiddish film-making very much portrays him as such.
Was Satan ever a concept in Judaism as it was in Christianity? Why is he presented as such in Der Dybbuk?
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