Golem of Prague

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Golem of Prague

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Golem of Prague


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Golem of Prague - mythological being from inanimate material. Golem suposed to be created by Judah Loew ben Bezalel (so called Maharal of Prague), a 16th century rabbi, to defend the Prague ghetto from Anti-Semitic attacks.
According to the legend, Golem could be made of clay from the banks of the Vltava river in Prague. Following the prescribed rituals, the Rabbi built the Golem and made him come to life by reciting a special incantation in Hebrew. The word "emet", meaning "truth", was placed on the Golem's forehead. The Golem would obey the Rabbi's every order and would help and protect the people of the Jewish Ghetto. However, as he grew bigger, he also became more violent and started killing people and spreading fear. Rabbi Loew was promised that the violence against the Jews would stop if the Golem was destroyed. The Rabbi agreed.

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