Yezer Ha- Ra (YEEZHR HA- Rah)
A vampiric demon from Hebrew lore, the Yezer Ha- Ra (“the evil inclination in man’s nature from birth”) only attacks worshippers as they exit the synagogue on Friday nights. It possesses a person’s body and drains away his life- energy over a period of some time until the victim dies or the vampire has been successfully exorcised by a rabbi (see ENERGY VAMPIRE). As long as the demon remains in the person’s body, it will also be harassing its victim by sending him explicit and intense lustful thoughts.
- Curran, Vampires, 100;
- Ma’aseh Book, 279–300;
- Macdonell, Vedic Reader for Students, 245