[27][28], All of these early accounts of the Golem of Prague are in German by Jewish writers. Aside from any weaknesses attributed to the material from which it is made, many Golems can be destroyed by foiling the mystic process by which they were created. Some say this was due to a broken heart, but one will never know. "[2], The word golem occurs once in the Bible in Psalm 139:16, which uses the word גלמי (golmi; my golem),[3] that means "my light form", "raw" material,[4] connoting the unfinished human being before God's eyes. The Clay Boy comes to life; at first, the couple is delighted and treats him like a real child, but the Clay Boy does not stop growing and eats all their food, then all their livestock, and then the Clay Boy eats his parents. [1][3][11][13], A Polish Kabbalist, writing in about 1630–1650, reported the creation of a golem by Rabbi Eliyahu thus: "And I have heard, in a certain and explicit way, from several respectable persons that one man [living] close to our time, whose name is R. Eliyahu, the master of the name, who made a creature out of matter [Heb. The Talmud uses the word as "unformed" or "imperfect" and according to Talmudic legend, Adam is called "golem," meaning "body without a soul" (Sanhedrin 38b) for the first 12 hours of his existence. 2. Each doll has the Hebrew word emet, or truth, on its chest (the Prague golem had emet written on its forehead.) The golem could then be deactivated by removing the aleph (א) in emet, thus changing the inscription from 'truth' to 'death' (met מת, "dead"). The glitter golem/ets are her latest project. Other civilizations, such as the ancient Greeks, have similar concepts. Often in Ashkenazi Hasidic lore, the golem would come to life and serve his creators by doing tasks assigned to him. [20] The attic is not open to the general public. No Hebrew work published in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries (even in Prague) is aware that the Maharal created a golem. [31] Rosenberg's claim was further disseminated in Chayim Bloch's (1881–1973) The Golem: Legends of the Ghetto of Prague (English edition 1925). Rabbi Chaim Volozhin (Lithuania 1749–1821) reported in an introduction to Sifra de Tzeniuta that he once presented to his teacher, the Vilna Gaon, ten different versions of a certain passage in the Sefer Yetzira and asked the Gaon to determine the correct text. Truthfulness is a high value in Judaism. The golem could then be deactivated by removing the aleph (א) in emet,[7] thus changing the inscription from "truth" to "death" (met מת, meaning "dead"). The golem originates from Jewish folklore, being a magically-animated figure made from clay or mud. In Modern Hebrew, golem is used to mean "dumb" or "helpless". Ed. Eliyahu eventually felt obliged to cause the death of his own creation, which he hoped to accomplish by removing the letter aleph from the word emet (“truth”—composed of the letters aleph, mem, and tav) that was inscribed on the creature’s forehead, at which point—the remaining two letters spelling out the Hebrew word for “dead”—the golem would crumple, lifeless, to the ground. The golem has been a popular figure in the arts in the past few centuries with both Jews and non-Jews. Golems are made by molding the material in the shape the golem is desired to be, most of the time being humanoid, but animal shaped golems aren't unheard of. It was a giant made from clay of the banks of Prague’s river, Vltava. The nature and quality of their words are mysterious, sealed and hidden. In many depictions, Golems are inherently perfectly obedient. "[11], The earliest known written account of how to create a golem can be found in Sodei Razayya by Eleazar ben Judah of Worms of the late 12th and early 13th century. Erase the aleph and you are left with mem and tav, which is met, meaning "death.". p. 57. (Rossum's Universal Robots), Karel Čapek's 1921 play which coined the term robot; the play was written in Prague, and while Čapek denied that he modeled the robot after the Golem, there are many similarities in the plot. It can be a victim or villain, Jew or non-Jew, man or woman—or sometimes both. When forming the magical savior, the rabbi had written emet, the Hebrew word for truth, on the golem’s forehead. Tolkien's classic series The Lord of the Rings. The golem appears in other places in the Talmud as well. [17] Rabbi Loew deactivated the Golem on Friday evenings by removing the shem before the Sabbath (Saturday) began,[6] so as to let it rest on Sabbath. Rabbi Loew placed the Hebrew word ‘emet’ (truth) on the Golem’s forehead. [13][22], There is a similar tradition relating to the Vilna Gaon or "the saintly genius from Vilnius" (1720–1797). The Hebrew text on the Golem is 'emet' or truth. [19] Some versions of the tale state that the Golem was stolen from the genizah and entombed in a graveyard in Prague's Žižkov district, where the Žižkov Television Tower now stands. Early on, the main disability of the golem was its inability to speak. A golem is inscribed with Hebrew words in some tales (for example, some versions of Chełm and Prague, as well as in Polish tales and versions of Brothers Grimm), such as the word emet (אמת, "truth" in Hebrew) written on its forehead. The general view of historians and critics is that the story of the Golem of Prague was a German literary invention of the early 19th century. Both Emeth and Ruka share the same tattoo on their left breasts, the word "emeth". Mainstream European society adopted the golem in the early 20th century. As the Golem grew stronger with each incantation he also grew increasingly violent and started killing people. The Talmud uses the word as "unformed" or "imperfect" and according to Talmudic legend, Adam is called "golem," meaning "body without a soul" (Sanhedrin 38b) for the first 12 hours of his existence. For example, there are some Golems created by a mystic, and as a finishing touch, have an inscription of EMET across their foreheads. In Hebrew, "golem" stands for "shapeless mass." According to John Neubauer, the first writers on the Prague Golem were: However, there are in fact a couple of slightly earlier examples, in 1834[25][26] and 1836. In one version of this story, the rabbi had to resort to trickery to deactivate it, whereupon it crumbled upon its creator and crushed him. Some versions say that the rabbi would need to write a series of letters of the Aleph-bet on a piece of parchment and put it in the golem's mouth. "[33][better source needed] But it has been said of this passage, "Even when [the Maharal is] eulogized, whether in David Gans' Zemach David or on his epitaph …, not a word is said about the creation of a golem. That leaves you with "met" which would mean Death or Dead in Hebrew. claims that Adam himself—and thus, theologically speaking, all of humanity—was a golem until God breathed a soul into his n… The three letters of emet, it is noted, are the first, middle and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and visually the letters rest on wide bases, suggesting that truth stands on a broad and stable foundation. [21], Some Orthodox Jews believe that the Maharal did actually create a golem. The oldest stories of golems date to early Judaism. Sanhedrin 65b describes Rava creating a man (gavra). In Hebrew "emet" means Truth. [6], One Friday evening Rabbi Loew forgot to remove the shem, and feared that the Golem would desecrate the Sabbath. Comprised of the Mishnah and the Gemara, it contains the opinions of thousands of rabbis from different periods in Jewish history. Kessinger. (where the word "robot" comes from), Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Golem and The X-Files. To deactivate the being, the rabbi removed the e from emet, which changed the spelling to met, the Hebrew word for dead. In strictly Orthodox circles, it's pronounced "emes," and used with strong emphasis in phrases such as "the emesdicke truth." Other versions add that after Use as a servant for physical labor 3. Rosenberg published Nifl'os Maharal (Wonders of Maharal) (Piotrków, 1909)[29] which purported to be an eyewitness account by the Maharal's son-in-law, who had helped to create the Golem. [2] "Golem" passed into Yiddish as goylem to mean someone who is lethargic or beneath a stupor.[5]. In its earliest known modern form, the Golem of Chełm became enormous and uncooperative. The word "golem" appears only once in the Bible (Psalms139:16). So the golem protected the community during the Easter season. Writing one of the names of God on its forehead, a slip of paper attached to its forehead, or on a clay tablet under its tongue, or writing the word Emet (אמת, 'truth' in the Hebrew language) on … Like Adam, all golems are created from mud by those close to divinity, but no anthropogenic golem is fully human. [3] There is a similar hubris theme in Frankenstein, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and some other stories in popular culture, such as The Terminator. It is a human-like being made entirely of clay. It has been suggested that they emerged as part of a Jewish folklore movement parallel with the contemporary German folklore movement.[13]. In many tales the Golem is inscribed with magic or religious words that keep it animated. The golem appears in other places in the Talmud as well. As a solution, Lowe created the Golem. The golem … Rabbi Loew placed the Hebrew word ‘emet’ (truth) on the Golem’s forehead. Today, there is even a golem museum in the Jewish Quarter of Prague. It has been said that Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg (1859–1935)[29] of Tarłów (before moving to Canada where he became one of its most prominent rabbis) originated the idea that the narrative dates from the time of the Maharal. There are several ways given to bring a golem to life. Nemzetközi Magyar Filológiai Társaság. The Jewish Encyclopedia of 1906 cites the historical work Zemach David by David Gans, a disciple of the Maharal, published in 1592. Removing the first consonant (the aleph) the word reads 'dead' and is the way to kill the Golem. The evidence for this belief has been analyzed from an Orthodox Jewish perspective by Shnayer Z. and in its heart, a scroll with the final lines of Psalm 33: One way, for example, is if its creator were to walk or dance around it while saying a combination of letters from the Hebrew alphabet and the secret name of God. Golems are not intelligent, and if commanded to perform a task, they will perform the instructions literally. Rosenberg claimed that the book was based upon a manuscript that he found in the main library in Metz. [35], The existence of a golem is sometimes a mixed blessing. Sometimes, someone who is large but intellectually slow is called a golem. Some say this was due to a broken heart, but one will never know. In Hebrew, the word for truth, emet (אֱמֶת), contains the first, middle, and the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, indicating that truth encompasses all things and endures from the beginning (א) to the end (ת): [6][32] In it, Gans writes of an audience between the Maharal and Rudolph II: "Our lord the emperor ... Rudolph ... sent for and called upon our master Rabbi Low ben Bezalel and received him with a welcome and merry expression, and spoke to him face to face, as one would to a friend. The roots of the legend are ancient: the Talmud Pronounced: TALL-mud, Origin: Hebrew, the set of teachings and commentaries on the Torah that form the basis for Jewish law. It was said that he could make himself invisible and summon spirits from the dead. [6] The Golem's body was stored in the attic genizah of the Old New Synagogue,[17] where it would be restored to life again if needed. Lesser, 46, crafts Judaica using her background in theater and props design. [22] Rabbi Yedidiah Tiah Weil (1721–1805), a Prague resident, who described the creation of golems, including those created by Rabbis Avigdor Kara of Prague (died 1439) and Eliyahu of Chelm, did not mention the Maharal, and Rabbi Meir Perils' biography of the Maharal[34] published in 1718 does not mention a golem. The amazed student then commented to his teacher that, with such clarity, he should easily be able to create a live human. Wonders of Maharal "is generally recognized in academic circles to be a literary hoax". In due-time, the Golem came alive. The golem can be deactivated by removing the aleph (א) in emet, thus changing the inscription from "truth" to "death". [38], A Yiddish and Slavic folktale is the Clay Boy, which combines elements of the Golem and The Gingerbread Man, in which a lonely couple makes a child out of clay, with disastrous or comical consequences. Supposedly, Rabbi Lowe wrote the Hebrew word emet, truth, on the forehead of the Golem. Emeth's name comes from one of the original myths featuring a Golem, where inscribing the word "Emeth" (אמת ? In the Talmud (Tractate Sanhedrin 38b), Adam was initially created as a golem (גולם) when his dust was "kneaded into a shapeless husk." Rav Zeira spoke to him, but he did not answer. [6] A different story tells of a golem that fell in love, and when rejected, became the violent monster seen in most accounts. ", "Hard Times Give New Life to Prague's Golem", "TIME-LIFE Mysteries of the Unknown: Inside the World of the Strange and ....", Old New Synagogue located in Praha, Czech Republic|Atlas Obscura|Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations, Leiman, S.Z., " The Adventure of the Maharal of Prague in London: R. Yudl Rosenberg and The Golem of Prague", HUNGARIAN STUDIES 2. Over the centuries it has been used to connote war, community, isolation, hope, and despair. The golem could then be deactivated by removing the aleph (א) in emet, thus changing the inscription from “truth” to “death” (met מת, meaning “dead”). Thus, ended the golem. The Golem was called Josef and was known as Yossele. "[14], According to the Polish Kabbalist, "the legend was known to several persons, thus allowing us to speculate that the legend had indeed circulated for some time before it was committed to writing and, consequently, we may assume that its origins are to be traced to the generation immediately following the death of R. Eliyahu, if not earlier. A golem is inscribed with Hebrew words in some tales (for example, some versions of Chełm and Prague, as well as in Polish tales and versions of Brothers Grimm), such as the word emet (אמת, "truth" in Hebrew) written on its forehead. [39] In one common Russian version, an older couple, whose children have left home, makes a boy out of clay and dries him by their hearth. 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"[1][15], The most famous golem narrative involves Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the late 16th century rabbi of Prague, also known as the Maharal, who reportedly "created a golem out of clay from the banks of the Vltava River and brought it to life through rituals and Hebrew incantations to defend the Prague ghetto from anti-Semitic attacks" and pogroms. 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If it has the ability to speak, then the golem is given a soul; and if it is given a soul, the Golem becomes anarchistic and cunning, in a sense. Similarly, it is often used today as a metaphor for a mindless lunk or entity who serves a man under controlled conditions but is hostile to him under others. In some tales, it was said to have emet (אמת, "truth" in Hebrew) written on its forehead; erasing the aleph (א) in emet, thus changing the inscription from "truth" to "death" (met מת, meaning "dead") would deactivate it. The most well-known story of the golem is connected to Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the Maharal of Prague (1513-1609). Legend of the Golem The Hebrew word "Emet", meaning "truth/reality", is inscribed in the pendant, and, according to the legend of the golem, is what gave the simulacrum the semblance of life. "[24] Furthermore, the Maharal himself did not refer to the Golem in his writings. Rav Zeira said, "Yo… After that a ceremony is held to bring the golem to life, which involves writing the Hebrew word, "Emet" or "life" on the forehead. Show mastery of the Kabbalah 2. He sent the man to Rav Zeira. "[1] A similar account was reported by a Christian author, Christoph Arnold, in 1674.[1]. [17] The rabbi then managed to pull the shem from his mouth and immobilize him[6] in front of the synagogue, whereupon the golem fell in pieces. The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material in Psalms and medieval writing. To deactivate it, the rabbi would erase the letter aleph, leaving met, the Hebrew word for "death". [16][17] Depending on the version of the legend, the Jews in Prague were to be either expelled or killed under the rule of Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor. Rabbi Jacob Ben Shalom arrived at Barcelona from Germany in 1325 and remarked that the law of destruction is the reversal of the law of creation. How to Bring a Golem to Life . The Gaon affirmed Rabbi Chaim's assertion and said that he once began to create a person when he was a child, under the age of 13, but during the process, he received a sign from Heaven ordering him to desist because of his tender age. By inscribing the Hebrew word emet ("truth") on its forehead. In some accounts the word emet ("truth" in Hebrew) is written on its forehead. Other sources say once the golem had been physically made one needed to write the letters aleph, mem, tav, which is emet and means "truth," on the golem's forehead and the golem would come alive. [1][23][30] Gershom Sholem observed that the manuscript "contains not ancient legends but modern fiction". [6][17] When the attic was renovated in 1883, no evidence of the Golem was found. The Maharal of Prague is the Hebrew acronym of " Moreinu ha-Rav Loew," ("Our Teacher, Rabbi Loew"). It was said that he created a golem out of clay to protect the Jewish community from Blood Libel and to help out doing physical labor, since golems are very strong. The oldest stories of golems date to early Judaism. Most versions include shaping the golem into a figure resembling a human being and using God's name to bring him to life, since God is the ultimate creator of life.. In Jewish tradition, the golem is most widely known as an artificial creature created by magic, often to serve its creator. Similarly to how God created Adam by blowing life into clay, so does an experienced rabbi blows life into the creature, after inscribing the word emet (‘truth’ in Hebrew) onto the Golem’s forehead. On the golem’s forehead Rabbi Loew rubs out the letter aleph, leaving only the Hebrew word met, dead — and the golem’s life ends. Golem] and form [Heb. [35] The Gaon immediately identified one version as the accurate rendition of the passage. Nonetheless, while he was engaged in extracting the Holy Name from him, the Golem injured him, scarring him on the face. In order to create the Golem flawlessly, Rabbi was following the specific rituals: he recited a special incantation in Hebrew and wrote the words ‘emet,’ which means ‘truth’ on his forehead. Early on, the main disability of the golem was its inability to speak. [40], Media related to Golem at Wikimedia Commons, animated anthropomorphic being created from clay or mud, The classic narrative: The Golem of Prague. Specifically, the salvation of Emeth is understood to be an implicit endorsement of Inclusivism. Emeth (Hebrew אמת : "truth," "firmness," or "veracity") is a Calormene character from C. S. Lewis's book The Last Battle from The Chronicles of Narnia series. According to Moment Magazine, "the golem is a highly mutable metaphor with seemingly limitless symbolism. The origins of the story have been obscured by attempts to exaggerate its age and to pretend that it dates from the time of the Maharal. Rabbi Jacob Ben Shalom arrived at Barcelona from Germany in 1325 and remarked that the law of destruction is the reversal of the law of creation. Legends vary on the precise way in which a rabbi would bring a golem to life, although Hebrew incantations would usually be involved. [1], The most famous golem narrative involves Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the late-16th-century rabbi of Prague. [10], Joseph Delmedigo informs us in 1625 that "many legends of this sort are current, particularly in Germany. EMET, the Hebrew word for truth, was engraved upon the Golem’s forehead, and it would patrol the Ghetto and protect its inhabitants from mobs at night. On its forehead he carves the Hebrew letters aleph, mem, and tav – the Hebrew word emet, truth. (There’s also a version where he originally wrote the word emet on the Golem’s forehead, which means ‘truth’ in Hebrew. The EMET ( אמת ) in Hebrew, means 'Truth' (perhaps some archaic form of patent or copyright or trademark, labeling the creature as an actual authentic golem, as opposed to, perhaps just a life-sized statue). Both versions recall the golem running amok and threatening innocent lives, so Rabbi Loew removed the Divine Name, rendering the golem lifeless. In Jewish folklore, a golem (/ˈɡoʊləm/ GOH-ləm; Hebrew: גולם‎) is an animated anthropomorphic being that is created entirely from inanimate matter (usually clay or mud). It is always the wisest decision to never give the golem the ability to speak. As the Golem grew stronger with each incantation he also grew increasingly violent and started killing people. It was believed that golems could be activated by an ecstatic experience induced by the ritualistic use of various letters of the Hebrew Alphabet[1] forming a "shem" (any one of the Names of God), wherein the shem was written on a piece of paper and inserted in the mouth or in the forehead of the golem.[6]. Performing a ritual that involves walking around the mass of clay in a circle while reciting Hebrew letters and the name of God (Jacobs, n.d., p. 1). The most famous works where golems appear are Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Karel Capek's R.U.R. Rabbi Jacob Emden (d. 1776) elaborated on the story in a book published in 1748: "As an aside, I'll mention here what I heard from my father's holy mouth regarding the Golem created by his ancestor, the Gaon R. Eliyahu Ba'al Shem of blessed memory. The golem could then be deactivated by removing the aleph ( א) in emet,[5] thus changing the inscription from "truth" to "death" (met , meaning "dead"). Like Adam, all golems are created from mud by those close to divinity, but no anthropogenic golem is fully human. A separate account has the golem going mad and running away. During the Middle Ages, passages from the Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation) were studied as a means to create and animate a golem, although there is little in the writings of Jewish mysticism that supports this belief. [12], The oldest description of the creation of a golem by a historical figure is included in a tradition connected to Rabbi Eliyahu of Chełm (1550–1583). Usually this was written on the golem's forehead but I have seen stories where it was written on the back of the hand or other methods used. He is a controversial character among some Christians who disagree with Lewis' soteriology. A Golem is a human-like entity created out of clay using ancient magic (Kabbalah). Another version says it was close to Easter, in the spring of 1580 and a Jew-hating priest was trying to incite the Christians against the Jews. Several rabbis, in their commentaries on Sefer Yezirah have come up with different understandings of the directions on how to make a golem. As in the golem recipe, the Talmudic rabbis also extract esoteric meanings from the word’s letters. The word emet (אמת, "truth" in the Hebrew language) written on a golem's forehead is one such example. The theme also manifests itself in R.U.R. The tradition is also recorded in ה לחורבנה /תל-אביב: ארגון יוצאי חלם בישראל ובארה"ב, תשמ"א, PC Gamer, "How Dungeons & Dragons shaped the modern videogame", The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The german thrash/death metal band Protector, "36 Days of Judaic Myth: Day 24, The Golem of Prague", "Did a Disciple of the Maharal Create a Golem? There are several restaurants and other businesses whose names make reference to the creature, a Czech strongman (René Richter) goes by the nickname "Golem",[17] and a Czech monster truck outfit calls itself the "Golem Team. [36], The Golem is a popular figure in the Czech Republic. From the World of the Cabbalah. Rav Zeira said, "You were created by the sages; return to your dust". Rav Zeira spoke to him, but he did not answer. How… According to one story, to make a golem come alive, one would shape it out of soil, and then walk or dance around it saying combination of letters from the alphabet and the secret name of God. Leiman.[22][23]. The classic 1920 German expressionist black and white horror film “The Golem” gets a new soundtrack by Hollywood composer Carvin Knowles in this original JewishJournal.com video.nn Many tales differ on how the golem was brought to life and afterward controlled. When he was done with him, he erased the ‘e’ and then it read met , the Hebrew … The Clay Boy rampages through the village until he is smashed by a quick-thinking goat. Provide protectio… Sources: Wigoder, Geoffrey , Ed. The golem would be stopped or deactivated by removing the "e" from "emet". The most popular method is a traditional form of Kablistic talismanic magick. [3] The Mishnah uses the term for an uncultivated person: "Seven characteristics are in an uncultivated person, and seven in a learned one," (שבעה דברים בגולם) (Pirkei Avot 5:10 in the Hebrew text; English translations vary). The giant golem is like a one-man army, and his indiscriminate violence gets out of control. The New Jewish Encyclopedia, Download our mobile app for on-the-go access to the Jewish Virtual Library, Jewish tradition, Isaac Bashevis Singer's, © 1998 - 2021 American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. Sanhedrin 65b describes Rava creating a man (gavra). 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