profane but enlightened

‘The Golem’

'The Golem'

Saturday night entertainment can include occult mysticism – such as life creation – as in the Kabbalah and still make for fine viewing fare.  From Jewish Legend, The Golem,” tells story of the monster of Prague. “The earliest stories of golems date to early Judaism. In the Talmud (Tractate Sanhedrin 38b), Adam was initially created as a golem when his dust was ‘kneaded into a shapeless husk.’ Like Adam, all golems are created from mud. They were a creation of those who were very holy and close to God. A very holy person was one who strove to approach God, and in that pursuit would gain some of God’s wisdom and power. One of these powers was the creation of life. However, no matter how holy a person became, a being created by that person would be but a shadow of one created by God,” according to Wikipedia The 1920 silent film is based on the “[Wikipedia] …most famous golem narrative [that] involves Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the late 16th century chief rabbi of Prague…who reportedly created a golem to defend the Prague ghetto from antisemitic attacks and pogroms.”  It’s fascinating myth and 1920 film about monster of Prague lives up to it!


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