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How exactly does one create a golem? Although there are many variations in recorded methods and proceedures, there seem to be a number of elements and steps common to most. These are:. For example, Eleazar of Worms, in his Commentary on Golem - Burnkit2600 - THIS IS THE SOUND! Yetzirawrote in Speaking Confidentially - Cowboy Junkies - Lay It Down somewhat twisted fashion that after kneading virgin soil from the mountains with pure water, the first stage of creation is to form the "limbs" of the golem "limbs", in this case, also seem to represent the torso and head.
Each limb has a "corresponding letter mentioned in Sefer Yetzira ", and this letter is to be combined with every other letter of the Hebrew alphabet to form pairs. Then a more general permutation is done again for each limb separately of each letter of the Hebrew alphabet with every other letter into letter pairs, "each limb separately".
This second, basic method of combination is called the " gates". Then Golem - Burnkit2600 - THIS IS THE SOUND! combine each letter of the alphabet with each vowel sound apparently for each limb. That concludes the first stage, the formation of the golem's body. In the second stage you must combine each letter of the alphabet with each letter from the Tetragrammaton YHVHthe four letter Name of Godand pronounce each of the resulting letter pairs with every possible vowel sound.
In this case the use of the Tetragrammaton, even though it is permutated, is the "activation word". There are several reasons. Most often cited is the belief that there are errors and omissions in later editions of the book; others include the the kabbalist's need to have a thorough understanding of spiritual and physical manifestations of each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and whether he is judged to be truly righteous by God.
Loew explained that "the perception of creation" was so rooted in an individual's "personal comprehension" that even someone who had attained the proper level of mastery would find it nearly impossible to pass the knowledge on to someone else.
In simpler variations on Eleazar's technique, the letter combinations of AB through AK aleph-bet to aleph-kaph are used to create the golem, and the combinations of AL through AT aleph-lamed to aleph-taph are used to dismantle Explain It To Me - The Shells - Golden Hits. Rabbi Abraham Galante, a kabbalist from Safed, recorded a method of Ashkenazi German-Jewish origin in which the mystic s would spread a layer of "new" dust on the floor Golem - Burnkit2600 - THIS IS THE SOUND!
the ground, and inscribe in it the name of the thing they wished to create. They would then combine each letter of the name of that thing with every letter of the Hebrew alphabet. To destroy the thing, they would reverse the recitation. The kabbalist s involved in combination techniques were sometimes required to circle the golem, in varying numbers of times, one way to create, the other to destroy, while performing the recitations.
If combined with meditative, paced breathing and pronunciation techniques, some of these methods would have taken the kabbalist 36 hours or more of uninterrupted meditation to complete!
In another combination method, the mystic was required to combine the letter Name of God and the Tetragrammaton in special ways, then inscribe several Names on the golem's forehead to bring it to life.
An even more direct method was to purify oneself, prepare the virgin soil-and-water mixture, and pronounce the ineffable part Name of God over it. However, since the exact pronunciation of this Name was kept very secret due to Anyone Who Had A Heart - Trijntje Oosterhuis extreme powers it wielded, and since a single slip in pronunciation would likely result in the death of the speaker, I suspect this method was largely unused.
By the time we arrive at the stories concerning Rabbi Loew and the golem of Prague, the method of creating the golem is greatly simplified, though perhaps for the sake of storytelling. In these accounts, the soil is prepared, and the kabbalist s circle the golem-body, reciting "secret names".
As they do so the soil body gradually takes on human qualities. When the body is complete, it is activated by means of placing a word or a name on its forehead or forearm, occasionally in its mouth in one account an amulet bearing a Name Golem - Burnkit2600 - THIS IS THE SOUND!
God is hung around the creature's neck. Popular "activation" word choices were adam the first man, created out of the earth and emet truth.
When it came time to deactivate the golem, the first letter of these words would be erased: without aleph, Adam becomes dam bloodand without aleph, emet becomes met dead. When the "live" word became a "dead" word, the golem Nothing to Say - Antiskeptic - Aurora shut down.
If a Name of God had been written on a parchment placed in the mouth or occasionally under the skin to activate the golem, it was simply removed to deactivate it. Rabbi Loew's procedure, as recorded in popular literature, was as follows: After asking a dream question as to how he might protect the Jews of Prague from persecution, Loew is answered in his dream with the alphabetical Hebrew phrase, "Ato Bra Golem Devuk Hachomer V'tigsar Khavel Torfe Yisroel"which means, "Create a golem out of clay who will destroy all the enemies of Israel.
He said he needed their help because they were born under the signs of fire and water, respectively, and Rabbi Loew himself under the sign of air; together with the soil, they would have representatives of all the elements needed to create a golem. The three went out to the river at dawn, and "on a clay bank First the figure glowed red hot, then cooled in the image of a formed man. Next, Loew himself circled the golem seven times with a Torah.
Finally, the three of them recited the activation words, Genesis "The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the earth, and He blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
For a broad sampling of golem-creation techniques from original sources, and a translation of Eleazar of Worms' original text on the subject with an explanation, see Moshe Idel's Golem: Jewish Magic and Mystical Traditions on the Artificial Anthropoid. For figures, tables, and a highly detailed explanation of the gates, see Aryeh Kaplan's translation of and commentary on the Sefer Yetzira.
These are dedicated sources, but many other books, fiction and scholarly, discuss the golem. Kaplan, Aryeh. Sefer Yetzirah The Book of Creation. Weiser Books, Fine, Lawrence. Paulist Press, Scholem, Gershom.
Keter Publishing House Jerusalem, Ltd. On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism. Shocken Books, Idel, Moshe. State University of New York Press, For more titles on this and other topics, you may also wish to browse my annotated biblography for listings of all of my source texts, including descriptions and brief reviews. The information contained in this document is based on the author's personal research and is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended to serve as religious instruction or to represent contemporary practice of Judaism or the Kabbalah. Although every attempt has been made to gather information from legitimate sources, the author does not Golem - Burnkit2600 - THIS IS THE SOUND! the complete accuracy of this document. The author is not a rabbi; nor is the author a professor, curator, translator, or practitioner or instructor of the Kabbalah.
The author does not, cannot, and will not provide any training in the topics contained in this document. The author does not condone performing any of the practices or rituals described herein. Techniques for Creating a Golem By: F. These are: The ritual cleansing and high qualifications of those creating the golem.
The use of some form of soil sometimes clay or dust to form the body of the golem, particularly soil which has never been plowed or used in any way. The use of a verbal ritual to form the soil into a human form. A concluding word or Name of God is used to activate the creature. Simple, right? May not be reproduced without permission.
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