Golem in NYC

The ancient golem story has flourished in NYC since the 19th Century.

Psalm 139:15-16

"My bone was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and formed in the lowest part of the earth. Thy eyes did see my golem; for in Thy book all things are written: the days also in which they are to be fashioned and for it too there was one of them." The Hebrew Scriptures, Harold Fisch

Book of Creation or Sefer Yizirah

Kabbalist book was used to explain how the power of mystical letters and numbers can create golem.

Legend of Golem of Rabbi Loew of Prague

Paul Wegener's The Golem

The great expressionistic film has had the most influence on public awareness about the golem.

Roger Bacon's Talking Head

The Christian monk and promoter of science was fascinated by Greek and Arabic "automata" of real beings. A popular apocryphal story is that Bacon had made a talking head.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus

Very similar to golem story.

Golem klezmer punk band from Brooklyn

"Golem" on Off-Broadway

Who—or what—is in control of technologies? The danger lies not in machine becoming more like man … but in man becoming more like machine.

Golem in Paris

Golem! Avatars of a clay legend. At MahJ, Museum of the History and the Art of Judaism

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