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The Dibbuk Box

3.7 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1612480121
ISBN-10: 1612480128
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No other tale in the history of our show has had such a profound effect on us, and our audience, as The Dibbuk Box. --Aaron Wright, Benjamin Grundy, Mysterious Universe

At our first ''Dibbuk Box'' production meeting, Sam Raimi said it would be best to have the actual box in our possession while we worked on the movie. The question was raised about who would be the caretaker for the box while it was here. In a room of ten, nobody would volunteer, each using a different excuse to avoid exposure to the box's curse. --Stan Wertlieb, Executive Producer of Dibbuk Box" aka The Possession

The Dibbuk Box is one of those head-scratching enigmas in the paranormal community. The box itself forces us to ponder big questions: Are curses real? Can spirits get attached to inanimate objects? Is there magic and mysticism left in the old religions of the world? I m glad someone with Jason Haxton's background and credentials owns this unusual object, and I m grateful he has so meticulously chronicled his experiences and the origins and mysteries surrounding this old cabinet. Be careful when you open The Dibbuk Box, you may just find a piece of yourself inside. --Jeff Belanger, author of The World's Most Haunted Places, host of 30 Odd Minutes

About the Author

Jason Haxton is the museum director at A. T. Still University Museum of Osteopathic Medicine. He speaks on medical history and exhibits artifacts from the museum worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612480128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612480121
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A dybbuk miruach-ra ("clinging of an evil spirit") in Jewish mysticism is the spirit of a person who cannot cross over because they must atone for a sin they did not do so prior to death or a spirit tormented by a grave injustice in life that must be revenged. So they literally attach themselves to a person and force them to physically do the task. This is not exactly what we encounter in this book. Rather, it's more like a demon attached to an inanimate object - in this case, the titular "box" - that essentially poisons anyone who comes into contact with the object or the person who owns it.

This is a masterful book. It reads like a thriller, a who-dun-it (but you know exactly who did it) and a historical/journalistic quest. It compels you to go forward like any great novel, though this is supposed to be non-fiction. Indeed, it is the blending of fiction and fact that work so perfectly into the reality of the circumstances that makes this book a piece of art. I do not in any way believe that Mr. Haxton has invented any of this. Whether or not there was any paranormal activity involved does not matter. It is what the people involved with the dybbuk box believe that is of paramount importance.

No "true" paranormal story has chilled me so much since I read The Amityville Horror 30 years ago (that was proven to be a hoax, but not on the author's part). Bravo to Jason Haxton on a work very well done. I look forward to anything else he writes in the future.

And yes, I will be seeing "The Possession", which is based on this book.
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It's difficult to write a review of this book without giving away too much information. It's best to say that while it wasn't what I was initially looking for, I found myself completely fascinated by the story. I literally could not stop reading it and have stayed up way past when I had intended to go to bed to finish it.

I was drawn in and completely spooked. I jumped when my cat made a noise, I jumped even more when my daughter opened her bedroom door.

It doesn't really matter what your view regarding the box is at the end of the book. It's the thought process after. Give it a try.
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By maw on April 16, 2012
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I just finished this book and enjoyed it immensely. The book follows the author, a curator of a medical museum, as he purchases a haunted box on ebay and investigates it's history.

The author first hears of the box from a young collegue at the museum. He decides to buy the box but soon begins to have a string of bad luck, including some rather serious health problems. Is the the box the cause? There are some interesting twists and turns as the author tries to find out the truth about the box. The author even discovers some evidence the box could have been faked from it's inception.

Overall, a great read that offers something for everyone whether your interest is history, mysticism, or the paranormal. I also understand a movie based on experiences with the box is due out this August.
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By Raven on August 20, 2015
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I read the reviews posted here and decided to give the book a try, in spite of some of the negative comments. I'm glad I did. I'm no literary critic, but I found the book very readable, and the story was fascinating to me. I was impressed with the thoroughness of the author's investigation, and with his attempts at rational and even-handed research into the labyrinthine story of the box. I disagree with the reviewer(s?) whose criticism of the book included comments about - in the critic's opinion - lots of superfluous digressions and information (I don't have time to look back through the reviews to find the exact wording) ...This was a journalistic approach to a story with lots of twists and turns and I enjoyed watching the author's attempt to follow every lead, whether or not it panned out. In fact, often there is no way to know whether some investigative thread will pan out until one follows through. And yes, perhaps Mr. Haxton could have left out a few of the less pertinent facets of his inquiry, but I personally enjoyed reading it all. I finished the book feeling that perhaps the box was not exactly what it was first purported to be, but to write it off as a complete hoax , as at least one reviewer did may be a bit short-sighted. Things don't have to be old (in the realm of the mysterious) to be effective. I hope, Mr. Haxton, that you are still offering the follow-up information to some of us reviewers, because I would love to know what else you have uncovered since the book went to print. Thanks for your willingness to pursue and then share this story with us. I hope your improved health has persisted.
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Overall, this was a good book. I didn't give it a 5 rating because I thought it was a little uneven. At times, the writer totally believes the box is real but then he abruptly starts providing information later in the book to indicate it is a hoax. He never really reconciles the two opposing viewpoints, at least not to my satisfaction. Were the manifestations psychosomatic? Was the hoax info provided to him just to discredit the person who sold it to him? He also documents that there are discrepancies in the information provided by the "whistleblower" about the hoax which makes me wonder is he saying it is a hoax or not?

I will say this - the author did a great job of researching the box, its history, and the weird artifacts found in it. For that reason, I gave this a 4 star rating. For example, the author points out (and it's obvious) that the handle on the box and the general appearance is something from the 50s or 60s (or possibly even 70s) yet there's a back story indicating that it was brought over from Poland after the owner escaped from a Nazi prison camp. He documented his extensive research on the physical box and its contents as well as his exhaustive interviews to try and run down the truth. I like that he provided lots of information to back up what he found. He provides detailed information on the weird candlestick with the tentacle looking legs, the granite slab with Hebrew carved into it, etc. The only area where I felt he fell short was in not researching further what he personally observed about the box. It was as if I as the reader was to disbelieve everyone else but I was to take his word at face value. He does the same thing with the family member he interviewed.
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