The Dybbuk Box: From ebay Auction to Sam Raimi Movie

In 2004, there was an eBay auction for a Dybbuk Haunted Jewish Wine Cabinet Box, which ended up selling for $280. While the box itself looks rather normal, the accompanying story as to why the box is haunted is far from normal.

According to the history of the Dybbuk Box, also known as the Dibbuk Box, the original owner was a Polish Holocaust survivor that purchased the box in Spain. In 2001, the survivor perished and the box was sold at a real estate liquidation sale. However, the survivors granddaughter informed the new owner of the dybbuk, or haunted spirit, that was living within the box. When the new owner asked what the dybbuk was and why it was living within the box, the granddaughter became hysterical, commanding that the box not be opened, and refused to take the box back.

Thus, the new owner brought it home and put it in his workshop. Upon opening the box, he found two 1920s pennies, a small statue with the Hebrew word Shalom engraved on it, a lock of blond hair, and a lock of brown hair. As he was driving home, he received a call from his secretary that someone was smashing glass within his workshop. When he got to his shop, however, there was no one to be found, his secretary was uncontrollably sobbing, and all of his light bulbs were broken, still in the sockets.

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The items within the Dybbuk Box.

In October of 2001, the owners mother came to his workshop to celebrate her birthday. The owner was planning on giving her the box as a gift. While he was making a phone call, an employee came running and screaming, saying that something was wrong with his mother. He found her sitting next to the box, as if in a trance, unable to speak. They later found out that she suffered from temporary partial paralysis and had lost her ability to speak. While under the paralysis, though, she spelled out letters to speak: N-O-G-I-F-T and H-A-T-E-G-I-F-T.

Trying to get rid of the box, the owner gave it to his sister, who gave it back within a week. He then gave it to his brother, who gave it back after three days. He sold it to a couple, but they returned the box to his workshop, with a note that said, This is a bad darkness.

Finally, he gave up and brought the box home. It was then that he started to have a recurring nightmare, where an old hag attacks him:

Every time I have the horrible dream it goes something like this: I find myself walking with a friend, usually someone I know well and trust at some point in the dream, I find myself looking into the eyes of the person that I am with. It is then that I realize that there is something different, something evil looking back at me. At that point in my dream, the person I am with changes into what can only be described as the most gruesome, demonic looking Hag that I have ever seen. This Hag proceeds then, to beat the living tar out of me. I have awakened numerous times to find bruises and marks on myself where I had been hit by the old woman during the previous night.

It was some time later that the man invited over his sister and brother for a dinner party. As the conversation flowed, they soon discussed the Dybbuk Box. When he informed them of his recurring nightmare, they revealed that they, too, had the same nightmare while in possession of the box.

During the weeks after the discussion, the owner saw what he called Shadow People walking around his house. Visitors to his house also claimed to see peripheral shadows moving and shifting. His house was also invaded with the intense smell of jasmine flowers and cat urine.

I woke up at around 4:30am (when it felt and smelled like someone was breathing on my neck) to find that my house now smelled like Jasmine flowers, and just in time to see a HUGE shadow thing go loping down the hall away from me.

This led to the eBay sale, which led to a new string of owners. Every new owner claims to be affected by the same negative effects: nightmares of being beaten, the smell of cat urine, jasmine flowers, and other strange occurrences.

The current owner is Jason Haxton, a museum curator, who has stated, I’m not even sure that there’s a spirit attached to [the box]. He does not believe the history or story behind the box has any factual basis; as in, it is all a hoax. If it is a hoax, Haxton owns one of the most talked about Halloween props to ever exist.

Dybbuk Box

Jason Haxton is releasing a book about the Dybbuk Box, which releases this November.

Regardless, the box has received so much attention that Sam Raimi, director of the Evil Dead films, is now producing a film based on the boxs story, which is due out in 2011. The film is entitled Dibbuk Box.

From eBay item to movie, the Dybbuk Box proves that people love the paranormal.

31 thoughts on “The Dybbuk Box: From ebay Auction to Sam Raimi Movie

  1. manisha

    look im not sure what to think. honestly, i’ve been convinced that this “halloween prop” is real. besides that guy was a museum director he probably put it in his museum so that stupid box didnt bother him. sometimes the human mind refuses to believe things that it doesnt understand. im still not sure if i was right to believe it but i do. so many people said the same thing and thats probably not a coincidence. its just creepy that something like that does exist.

  2. angel

    If Jason Haxton believes it to be a hoax then why did I just watch him give am interview claiming to have experienced it all himself ?

  3. sunbu

    I just saw Paranormal Witness and they featured the episode about the Dybbet box. This is stone serious sCary sh!t . Totally nothing to play around with .

  4. dybbuk girl

    the cuurent owner didn’t beleive at first and does now.i just saw the real owner on syfy channel and he hid it away from his house with help with some jewish’s in a safe place for 7 years now.

  5. Philip hach

    I have done research and this is 100% a hoax made to sell the book and movie. But it is a great horror story,that is all it is.

  6. Wolf pack

    The current owner was on Paranormal Witness last night and be stated that it is haunted and he was profoundly affected by it, he had rabbis tell him how to contain the box and has it at an undisclosed location: so I’m not sure which story is right yours or his?!

  7. Dorjay

    This is true. such things happen. dont play around with spirits. if you happen to invoke a restless, evil spirit then you had it. it is no joke.

  8. N-16

    …dont look for it…dont try to recreate it this is awarning im repeating from an aquaiintance(misspelled)

  9. Interesting

    I find this box interesting and it has somewhat a draw felling to find it while reading about it. But if I think right about the paranormal, the hair would be remains and the goblet to drink or hold the blood of the persons. Which the smells of the people cat urine and jasmine flowers have to do with the smell of two people, one good and one evil as the good spirit is trying to keep the evil at bay or the good spirit that was a person was cursed and died and couldn’t rest and cursed to be tied to the evil being. It’s interesting but in all paranormal research the spirits would be crossed over if the box was burned and turned to ash and cast into the wind.

  10. Karlee

    I got the impression that Jason the author was wanting to get rid of the evil so that no one else could be effected by it in the future, but obviously he must just want publicity.

  11. Karlee

    People are playing with this stuff and once doors are open you have to know how to break curses and destroy the devil or you better hold on. I would never exploite this kind of stuff or try to make money from it. Good luck Jason, may God be with you and your children and your children’s children.

  12. Ann

    The whole thing is BS if you look at the ebay auction it is fake the person who sold the box has not been a member since 1998 SPASMOLTIC they have been a member since May 2012 it skips over the college student who buys it for $140.00 to the guy who buys it for $280.00 who ever made up the movie and the suppose to be real story missed a few things then if you look at the AGETRON the last thing he sold was a poster for the movie…. Just like BLAIR WItch & Paranormal Activity NOT EVEN THE ORIGINAL STORY IS TRUE !!!!! Don’t waste you money

  13. danny

    i wont a box i love this stuff. i would like to experience a spirit or demon for years i tried to believed in the afterlife my dad was killed in 1989 i would give anything to know if there’s something after this life. but up till now its hard to believe in this stuff.

  14. arb

    I saw an interview with him and I think ur quote is out of context. If he didn’t believe there was any credit to the stories then y did he try to seal it in a basement of a rental property he owned after experiencing strange phenomenons?

  15. ben

    Will the owner of the box please sale it to me. I have a safe place for it and you will be rid of it forever. Please let me know soon.

  16. Mercedes

    If You Are Interested To Know What Write on the box – It’s: “Shemhaa Isreal” – “Listen Israel: God Is Our God, For Ever And Ever” (Look At The Link That He Gave You It’s Written On The Back Side Of The Box)

    On The Stone There Write: SHALOM – Which Means” “Hello”


  17. david roth

    look all you losers I believe in the paranormal. You naysayers will all suffer some unforseen tragedy. kendra u are a loser an so are the rest of u lame ass losers. Get a life an move on.

  18. Randy

    As someone who constantly sells and buys on Ebay. you cant view what sellers have sold after 90 days have passed. Theres no way the person did the research on all those users and claimed to see all their history. The most you can view is the item numbers and you cant bring up older item numbers linked to an item history without being the seller or buyer in the transaction, while pulling it through customer service over the phone now, since all serious inquiries have to be over the phone after they updated the site. its impossible that 21. Ann did all the research and claimed to know exactly what all the sellers and buyers did unless this all happened in the last 90 days, which it did not.

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