Tag: Judah Loew ben Bezalel;

The clay man-Golem- between tradition and fiction

Today, I shall take you in trip in time, we will follow tradition and religion field. I’m not to much in to religion as you know but I do like traditions and to find out more about them.

So today we will travel and discover more about Judaic religion.  I shall tell you about a Judaic tradition. The tradition say if you in trouble and you are of Judaic religion .. well than you are in luck because the tradition says you can invoke a clay creature to come and save you from your foe. You may ask how come? What kind of creature is this does that really exist ?  Well until recently I never heard about it but it seems that this creature has a long history. Long enough that first time when is mentioned is in the book of books and that is in the Bible. Where it seems that us humans were seen by God as raw, unfinished creatures of clay.

We are supposed to be made out of clay considering religions ..even if science has an opposite view about this, saying that more likely we are made out of blood and flesh ( I tent to believe the seconds as hmm I never bleed clay but who knows:) ) 

Let’s get back to story so this creature that you can invoke when you are in big trouble and you need protection is a Golem. Golem in Hebrew means dumb, brainless. Getting back to Bible it seems that two words were characteristic for Adam the first man. I hope that they were wrong… In Talmud the book of books of Jewish there are also mentioned other guys that are made of clay and can’t really speak for themselves or so I heard.

What is supposed to be a Golem?  It seems a golem it is a clay creature that was created by someone in order to protect him or to protect the loved ones. Now you  will wonder how can we create a Golem? Well the tradition say first you should know some words in Hebrew as you will need to use them in your spell or prey, however you want to call it. Here in tis link you can see a picture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golem

  A known man that brought to life a Golem was the rabbi of Prague, Judah Loew ben Bezalel ( I hope I spelled right his name, he might send a Golem after me if I upset him even if he is from a long time passed on the other world), he brought to life the Golem in order to protect his community. As in those time the Jews were persecuted.  He brought it to life by sticking in his clay figurine the ” truth” word wrote in Hebrew. The Golem, protected them for a time until one day, Judah Loew ben Bezalel forgot to give indication to his Golem. So the golem started to attack everyone. The story says that in order to stop him from killing, other word had to put in his mouth, the word “death” in Hebrew.

What remained from this Golem was stored in the old Synagogue from Prague, in the attic. Those that are curious can go to look for it and see if the legend has some truth in it.

But have in mind that a few hundred year passed since than and also two wars so most likely the Golem if he was there probably was moved or vanished with time( clay can do that at times)

The legends about Golems are not just Prague, It seems another Golem was about to be born in Vilna, Lithuania around the 18 century, when the rabbi Chaim Volozhin tried when he was a boy to bring one to live but he received a sign from heaven to stop and so he did.

So we have at least two legends at least so far those that  I found. Maybe while we have this trip, maybe we will encounter other people that will know more about this legends. Or maybe you who have joined me, maybe you know more. If you do let me know 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this short trip and that you will want to follow me in other trips too.