In Jewish folklore, a dybbuk is the term used to reference a ghost or disturbed soul that possesses the body of a living being. The word dates back to the 16th century, which means ‘clinging spirit’ in Yiddish. This is undoubtedly the most appropriate way to describe it. Those who have come in contact with a dybbuk claim they always harbor a restless spirit.
But what are people attempting to accomplish by trapping these spirits? In many stories, the disembodied spirit is unable to move on for various reasons. Firm believers of an afterlife where sinners are punished, attempt to trap the spirit to seek refuge from punishment. Others claim dybbuks are spirits that have unfinished business in the living world. Whatever the reason for the trapped entity, nothing good has ever come from releasing the trapped energy that calls the box home.
The term ‘dybbuk box’ did not come to be until the early 2000’s by an antique collector, Kevin Mannis. According to Manis, he purchased the box at an estate sale in 2003 and was told it was belonged to a Polish Holocaust survivor named Havela, who escaped to Spain and bought the box there. Mannis was able to get in touch with Havela’s granddaughter to offer the safe return of this family heirloom, but she refused to take it back. She said the box had been kept in her grandmother’s sewing room and was never opened because there was a dybbuk living inside of it.
Mannis’ curiosity eventually led to him opening the box. Inside contained two 1920’s pennies, a lock of blonde hair bound with a cord, a lock of darker colored hair also bound, a small statue engraved with the Hebrew word “Shalom”, a small golden wine goblet, one dried rose bud and a single candle holder with four octopus shaped legs. He eventually sold the box but each owner would sell it quickly after. Numerous owners claimed the box brought on strange phenomenons and they were always extremely unnerving. Some complained of smelling cat urine and experiencing demonic nightmares while others developed strange health problems like, hives, coughing up blood or losing their hair.
Youtuber TheOmarGoshTV recently did a series about a dybbuk box he bought from eBay. In his videos, that you can watch here, he brings the haunted box to an already haunted house. The house was so haunted that the owners up an left, leaving behind much of their personal belongings. After some research, Omar discovered that the house belonged to a traveling doctor. His assumption is that the doctor got involved with some form of spiritual healing and encountered an evil entity that followed him home and tormented his family. In his videos, you can see the contents of the box, hear the sounds of objects moving around in the background and even witness the giant chandler in the hallway moving. After finding out that the house was purchased, Omar decided to remove the box and do a proper cleansing of the home for the future owners. He plans on burying the box or dropping it deep in the ocean.
These spirit filled boxes can be easily purchased on eBay and other online sites. It may sound like a thrill but before dabbling with demonic energy, you should make sure you know what you're in for. Would you open this box?