AZL flag holder TransparentMy PreciousJewish ‘folklore’ would have it that a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, magically created entirely from inanimate matter. The word golem occurs once in the Bible in Psalm 139:16, which uses the word ‘galmi’ (my golem), meaning “my unshaped form”, denoting the unfinished human being before God’s eyes. The Mishnah uses the term for an uncultivated person. “Golem” passed into Yiddish as goylem to mean someone who is clumsy or slow and in Modern Hebrew golem is used to mean “dumb” or “helpless.” Similarly, it is often used today as a metaphor for a brainless lunk or entity that serves man under controlled conditions but is hostile to him under others.

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