Skip to comments.Hard Times Give New Life to Prague’s Golem
Posted on 05/12/2009 9:24:53 PM PDT by BGHater
PRAGUE They say the Golem, a Jewish giant with glowing eyes and supernatural powers, is lurking once again in the attic of the Old-New Synagogue here.
The Golem, according to Czech legend, was fashioned from clay and brought to life by a rabbi to protect Pragues 16th-century ghetto from persecution, and is said to be called forth in times of crisis. True to form, he is once again experiencing a revival and, in this commercial age, has spawned a one-monster industry.
There are Golem hotels; Golem door-making companies; Golem clay figurines (made in China); a recent musical starring a dancing Golem; and a Czech strongman called the Golem who bends iron bars with his teeth. The Golem has also infiltrated Czech cuisine: the menu at the non-kosher restaurant called the Golem features a rabbis pocket of beef tenderloin and a $7 crisis special of roast pork and potatoes that would surely have rattled the venerable Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the Golems supposed maker.
Even the first lady, Michelle Obama, paid her respects, when she visited Rabbi Loews grave last month and, following Jewish tradition, placed a prayer on a piece of paper and put it near his tombstone.
Eva Bergerova, a theater director who is staging a play about the Golem, said it was no coincidence that this Central European story was ubiquitous at a time of swine flu and economic distress. The Golem starts wandering the streets during times of crises, when people are worried, Ms. Bergerova said. He is a projection of societys neuroses, a symbol of our fears and concerns. He is the ultimate crisis monster.
Small stones left by visitors at the tombstone of its supposed maker, Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel.
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Ever notice that the Golem and Michelle are never seen together?
Your confused. Michelle is a Yeti, not a Golem.
LOL, that was awesome!
I thought she was Crazy Aunt Esther..
Oh... GOLEM. Different spelling... Never mind!