"The Golem" - Written by Sam Dan and narrated by E.G. The recording you are listening to (if you have the volume up) is an episode of CBS radio’s Mystery Theatre. The subject is the Golem, a wartime re-imagining of an ancient story, mere legend to many, but to the few it is no mere legend. If you wish to read the article below and learn or revise your knowledge of this subject and its Biblical reference, simply turn down the sound.
"The Golem" - Written by Sam Dan and narrated by E.G.
The recording you are listening to (if you have the volume up) is an episode of CBS radio’s Mystery Theatre. The subject is the Golem, a wartime re-imagining of an ancient story, mere legend to many, but to the few it is no mere legend. If you wish to read the article below and learn or revise your knowledge of this subject and its Biblical reference, simply turn down the sound.
Studying the Exodus as a companion text to the Book of Revelation is a subject that tends to go under the radar for many who delve into the study of end time prophecy. This is a concern because the mayhem that unfolds in
Anybody who professes to have an exceedingly high knowledge of eschatology (study of end time events) should know of the creation of a golem by the Navi Sheker (False Prophet) and the Moshiach Neged (Anti-Messiah) in the Book of Revelations. That is the bringing to life of an artificial person molded from raw red clay. Sadly, most religious leaders fail to address this issue in any of their teachings. On the contrary, many of them would likely view the creation of a golem as a concept originating from a science fiction novel rather than the sacred Scriptures.
While the community of Nazarene Israel is abuzz with new end time insights, such as the “Islamic Beast” teaching predominantly driven by Your Arms to Israel Ministries, I am dismayed at the lack of understanding regarding basic apocalyptic events within this movement. The persistent mention of the fabled “rapture” inhabiting conversations and writings of many Natsarim is testimony to large numbers of believers still clinging to the remaining fragments of a false belief system. The definition of rapture, a term used almost exclusively in religious circles, defines a complete snatching away before a coming strife, that is no more evident in Scripture than is the mention of Homer Simpson, though some who have read the Bible Code may disagree.
A Short History of the Golem
“Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil, as I... tortured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay” – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Mary’s influence of the golem is apparent in the tale’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus, which is a reference to Prometheus Plasticator, the lesser known of two Greek Mythological figures, who fashioned a man out of clay and brought him to life. The other myth tells of the titan, Prometheus Pyrphoros, who deceived the god Zeus by bringing fire to mankind.
The word “myth” at one time simply meant “ancient story” or “story of unclear origin.” The Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore states: “Myths are stories about divine beings, generally arranged in a coherent system; they are revered as true and sacred; they are endorsed by rulers and priests; and closely linked to religion.”
The Athenian philosopher Plato originally coined the word “mythologia,” to distinguish between the accounts of gods and the accounts of men. This word later developed into a term that carried a distinction between imaginative accounts and factual accounts. While these fantastic stories may have evolved over the centuries they should never be dismissed as tales that originated completely from an individual’s imagination. Greek myths were merely cross cultural stories of fallen angels who abandoned their posts as Watchers to procreate with earthly women according to Genesis 6:2. Titans were the Greek equivalent of nephilim (tyrants) who usually grew larger than normal men as a result of human and angelic relations. The gods of myth did exist and the Scriptures make clear mention of such mighty beings. The myths and legends that the average Christian has been conditioned to dismiss as fiction are however loosely knit records of these “mighty men of renown.”
The Golem of
The most well known Jewish story of the golem concerns Rabbi Yehuda Bezalel Loew, the Marharal of Prague (c. 1513 -1609), who wanted to protect his community from riots incited by blood libel accusations by a Jew hating priest. He created the golem solely for the purpose of protecting his people. There have been many versions of the story published in books and produced in films over the years. Loew served as the chief rabbi of
created the golem solely for the purpose of protecting his people. There have been many versions of the story published in books and produced in films over the years.
Loew served as the chief rabbi of
Though many sources play down Loew’s actual creation of a golem, saying it was merely a legend that grew out of his exceedingly high knowledge of Kabbalah, a statue of him still stands outside
The creation of a golem by Jewish sages is discussed during the Talmudic era prior to 500CE. Such literature describes the first human Adam as being a golem before having the breath of YHWH breathed into him to receive his nefesh (soul). Aside from this the earliest known story of a golem comes from the Babylonian Talmud, in Sanhedrin 65b:
Rava said: "If the righteous wished, they could create a world, for it is written: 'Your iniquities are a barrier between you and your G-d.'" For Rava created a man and sent him to R[abbi] Zeira. The rabbi spoke to him [the man] but he did not answer. Then he [Zeira] said: “You are from the pietists. Return to your dust.” (Translation Moshe Idel)
The rabbis of this era studied the Torah to such an intense degree that they were able to unlock some of the secrets of creation. This level of study and commitment is now referred to as Kabbalah, which simply means “receive.” Today Kabbalah has been mystified and is usually portrayed in popular media and esoteric publications in a way that resembles a strand of witchcraft rather than the study of Torah on a level that is seldom attained by the most committed scholars. It is wise not to dismiss Kabbalah as an occult practice, but instead be mindful that its depiction in media and in most publications is false.
The reality of the golem in history and not just being confined to legend has been a source of debate among rabbis for centuries. Suffice to say that the more one studies the golem, the more one finds materiel that adds weight to its credibility and where there is smoke there is generally fire. Take for example, this story from the Second World War where a Holocaust survivor from
“The golem did not disappear and even in the time of war it went out of his hiding place in order to safeguard its synagogue. When the Germans occupied
“I know that there is a rational explanation for everything; the synagogue is ancient and each and every slight knock generates an echo that reverberates many times, like the steps of thunder. Also the glasses of the windows are old, the window panes are crooked and they distort the shadows, forming strange shades on the floor. A bird's leg generates a shade of a giant hand on the floor...and nevertheless...there is something.”
Archives of Jewish Folklore,
In current times the golem has been referred to in the popular X-Files series. In one episode a librarian tells Agent Mulder that the technique for creating a golem comes from a Jewish source called the Sefer Yetzira (The Book of Creation). This work, whilst being a major source of creation study for the early sages, does not specifically single out the process for creating a golem and is a painful reminder of Hollywood’s on-going fact fudging efforts to push entertaining story lines over correctly educating a potentially intelligent audience.
The Golem in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament)
At a stage in history where unprecedented numbers of people are dying due to various plagues and diseases, the Navi Sheker (False Prophet) will devise a way to grab the world’s absolute attention by co-creating a living person in the likeness of the Moshiach Neged who had already healed from a fatal wound to the head. Revelation 13:11-15; “And I looked and another beast came up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the olam (world) and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from the shamayim into the olam in the sight of men, And deceives them that dwell in the olam by means of those nisim (miracles) which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to those that dwell in the olam (world), that they should make an image to the beast, who had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give chayim (life) to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”
According to ancient Jewish tradition, a golem is a manlike creature that is created by “kneading virgin soil (raw red clay) from the mountains (preferably the
Outwardly a golem appears as a real person and remains perpetually in the same state that Adam was in before YHWH breathed into his nostrils. This leaves the golem devoid of a nefesh (soul) and without YHWH’s ruach (breath). The word “EMET” (Hebrew for “truth”) is carefully engraved into its forehead and the 72 letter name of YHWH is then whispered into its ear. This final act initiates animation in the form. Eyewitness accounts of such rare acts relate that the clay turns red hot as if being heated in a furnace.
The Navi Sheker’s action of engraving a sign upon the head of the golem (aka: the abomination of desolation) to give it life will finally push the classic conspiracy theorist “Mark of the Beast” wary crowd over the edge in receiving a similar mark whether on or underneath the skin. Many people will already be in a weak state of mind after struggling through illnesses and being deemed unable to participate in the economy without such a mark. This will be compounded by some religious teachers who relate how Noah was 666 years of age at the time of the great flood and was spared. Revelations 13:16:18; “And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy, or sell, except he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, even the multitudes who have his name. Here is chochmah (wisdom). Let him that has binah (knowledge) consider the multitude (some translations use number) of the beast: for it is the multitude (some translations use number) of a man; and his multitude is encoded in ‘chi, xi, sigma (666 according to many manuscripts).’”
Utterance of the Sacred Name to Activate the Golem
If a Nazarene Israelite maintains a consistent effort in his studies he will eventually find out that the Tetragrammaton name of YHWH is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Sacred Name subject. While the Creator has many names, these are not to be confused with His many titles. Other significant names have been revealed from the pages of Scripture that were unlocked by devoted Sages who studied the deeper complexities of the Divine Text. Some of these names are very intricate and their study is to be pursued with caution for reasons that will become apparent shortly. The three most prominent names in relation to the animation of a golem are the Tetragrammaton, the 42 letter and 72 letter name (as previously mentioned).
A golem could not have been created by men any earlier than the time of Enoch (Seth’s firstborn son). The ancient Sages reasoned this according to Genesis, which says that when Enoch was born, “men began to call upon the name of YHWH” (Genesis 4:26). This was because all methods of activating a “human shaped” golem, hinged on the correct pronunciation of either a combination of the Tetragrammaton and 42 letter name or the 72 letter name of YHWH.
Some readers may accuse this author of entering Abracadabra territory with presenting a heavy emphasis on what appears to be “name-magic” in relation to Torah. This is an understandable concern, especially if a reader has a strong traditional Christian mindset and a negative outlook toward Kabbalah. Most people’s view of correct name pronunciation in relation to spiritual matters is chiefly dominated by an occult frame of reference due to various forms of media exposure. In reality the studious accumulation of multiple names of YHWH and their careful and respectful invocation for certain purposes by Jewish Sages has always been completely paralleled in pagan religions with their own false gods.
The occult borrows just about everything it teaches from the truth and twists it into a perverted replacement. Every false religious group from outwardly satanic cults to widely accepted Christian movements follow rituals that are directly reversed, parodied or subtly altered that originally stemmed from the one true faith of YHWH. The exhaustive array of religions spanning the entire globe simply evolved from a rebellious attempt at achieving a pleasurable state via an alternative avenue. John 10:1; “Amein, amein, I say to you, He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other derech (way), the same is a thief and a robber.”
Question: Aren’t you in danger of placing far too much emphasis on the Creator’s name over the Creator himself? Surely YHWH is much more than a name?
Answer: This question is born from the average Western mind’s limited understanding of what a name is. And herein lies the problem. Scripture itself constantly emphasises focus on YHWH’s name as opposed to YHWH himself. John 12:28; “Abba, bring tifereth (glory) to Your Name. Then there came a voice from the shamayim (heavens), saying, I have both esteemed it, and will esteem it again.” A person might question why the text doesn’t simply read, “Abba, bring glory to Yourself?” or why other verses read “I have manifested your Name…” (John17:6) and “shomer (protect) through Your own Name those whom You have given Me…” (John 17:11). There is no line of demarcation between the power of YHWH and the power of His name or the divine letters that He spoke which wove all creation together. The opening of Genesis describes the creation process, which is entered into with utterances that bring things into being.
Therefore it is not often debated as to whether one is saved by YHWH or saved by His name. Studying, meditating and uttering other names of YHWH are not contingent on one’s salvation as is plainly evident in the Scriptures. Acts 4:12; “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other Name under the shamayim (heavens) given among men, whereby we must be saved.” But this is not to say that His other names have no relevance.
The 42 Letter Name
The exact pronunciation of the 42 Letter name is believed to be unknown. The letters of the name are derived from the 1st century prayer Ana Bekoah (Please with Might). This prayer was written by Rabbi Nehunia Ben Hakannah and was constructed using a seven letter sequence derived from the first 42 letters of Genesis. Reciting this prayer in a suitably prepared and highly meditative state is said to cause the immediate environment to become enveloped in the same uncorrupted energy that was present at the beginning of creation. This prayer is contained in the Jewish Shaharit (morning), Mincha (afternoon) and Shabbat prayers. The origin of the 42 letter name is also referred to in Talmudic literature, though the very influential Sage Rashi quotes that it “was not given to [us in the Torah].” Many of the more complex names of YHWH are frowned upon by less studious believers because they are not so obviously exhibited in the Torah itself. Despite this, it is important to note that the 22, 42, and 72 letter names are widely accepted within Judaism as being solidly rooted in Torah, whilst other names of YHWH can be more freely disputed as being the product of individual construction. The 42 letter name is read right to left. The “Tz” and “Kh” shown here in reverse are to be read as one letter.
The 72 Letter or 72-Part Name
The 72 Letter name is considered to be the most powerful and the most potentially dangerous to use. It is composed of a harmony of letters derived from Exodus 14:19-21. The name was said to be taught to Moshe at the burning bush and was used to part the
The utterance of these complex names would come at the close of a highly detailed ritual. Though the process of creating a golem varied, it would likely have included an uninterrupted 36 hour stint of meditative breathing and concentration, preceded by purifying oneself from food, preparation of the golem’s form in virgin soil, and painstakingly inscribing Hebrew letters on its forehead.
The late American Orthodox rabbi and physicist, Aryeh Kaplan, who was known for using his physics background to analyse Torah, describes the process of making a golem:
“An initiate should not do it alone, but should always be accompanied by one or two colleagues. The Golem must be made of virgin soil, taken from a place where no man has ever dug. The soil must be kneaded with pure spring water, taken directly from the ground. If this water is placed in any kind of vessel, it can no longer be used. The people making the Golem must purify themselves totally before engaging in this activity, both physically and spiritually. While making the Golem, they must wear clean white vestments… One must not make any mistake or error in the pronunciation… no interruption whatsoever may occur…”
Misusing the Building Blocks of Creation
Fallen angels were the first beings to mishandle the creation and manipulation mechanics of YHWH’s Torah. Their rebellion did not bring about an instant death or cause them to lose their ability to function as “mighty ones.” A limited essence of YHWH still resides in them as it does all living things by virtue of life remaining in a vessel. Fallen angels directly and indirectly taught the misuse of the mechanical and technical aspects of Torah to men under the guise of different mystical paths. They also attempted to present a twisted form of Torah to new initiates. In this way Kabbalah has been used as a means to an end by many disillusioned people today. This is how the Moshiach Neged and Navi Sheker will be able to raise up a golem. Supernaturally affecting the environment in a manner that is not in accordance with YHWH has a track record of being unmanageable and ultimately brings about a person’s own destruction. YHWH is not subject to the will of a fallen angel or a sinful man who studies the dark arts. On the contrary, nothing happens outside YHWH’s complete control. Letting rebellious beings live can allow them time to repent, give immediate earthly rewards for any good they may have done or cause goodness in other beings to flourish as they repeal and endure their misdeeds.
Having said this, the question arises concerning the actions of Rabbi Yehuda Loew of
The Origin of Wizards in Fantasy Literature
The classic image of the magician or wizard hunched over a pile of dusty books with chemicals bubbling away in the background originated from the appearance of the typical medieval Jewish Sage. Their flowing robe, long white beard, constant proximity to scrolls, ointments, incenses and trinkets, formed the basis of the popular look of such fantasy characters as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gandalf the Grey and J.K. Rowling’s Wizard Headmaster Dumbledore.
In fact some of the most unlikely modern-day films and organisations exhibit very Orthodox Jewish themes. Take for example the movie Pirates of the
Outlaw motorcycle groups (bikey gangs) also observe some of the most complex rules and regulations. I was once told about two members of a particular gang who were both interested in the wife of a recently deceased member. They had to approach the club elder to get permission to even speak to the widow. Outlaw organisations have some of the strictest laws on the face of the earth. Take for example the following news report with statements by a senior detective and a Superintendent:
In June 23, 2007, an article in The Australian called, “Bikies' Code Makes Them Hard to Crack,” stated the following, “THEY (bikey gangs) impose strict discipline, operate under rigid rules, demand fanatical loyalty, live by a code of honour and deal ruthlessly with outside threats. They are, in the words of one senior detective, ‘frighteningly like the police, except their motives are different. It is the military-style structures of outlaw motorcycle gangs -- a legacy from their establishment in the
The oriental mafia group known as the Triads often implement injurious and at times fatal beatings to members who fail to observe their customs. This reality confirms my belief that even the most dangerous individuals and organisations crave law and order within their own communities. This is because true freedom cannot be enjoyed without some measure of law present, even among thieves.
The Origin of the Pointy Hat
The distinctive pointy hat seen in the typical depiction of a Wizard or Mage came about with the Jews. In 1215 at the conclusion of the Fourth Lateran Council, presided over by Pop Innocent III, a decree went out invoking the command that all Jews wear particular clothing. Part of this clothing consisted of a Judenhat (a pointed Jewish hat). Some Jews at this time, usually scholars, already had the custom of wearing them (probably due to former edicts enforced on them by other foreign powers).
Pointed headwear appears to have been worn by Babylonian (Persian) Jews as early as 245CE according to the wall reliefs of the Dura‑Europa synagogue of upper Mesopotamia (
The Origin of the Wizard’s Staff
The rod or staff is a symbol of great power in many cultures. Perhaps the most famous staff in history is Aaron’s rod. Rabbinical literature identifies this staff as originally being used by Jacob when he crossed the
The rod was apparently created by YHWH at the close of the sixth day of creation and given to Adam when he was driven from Gan Eden (paradise). From here it moved to Shem, Enoch, Methuselah, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and finally Joseph. Egyptian nobles stole the staff after Joseph’s death, but it miraculously found its way to Moshe’s future father-in-law Jethro, who planted the rod in the ground. There it stayed, unable to be removed by anyone until Moshe withdrew it many years later. The Midrash describes its miraculous removal by Moshe from Jethro’s garden. YHWH showed Moshe the significance of the rod he carried in his encounter at the burning bush. Exodus 4:17; “And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.” The story of the rod eventually gave rise to the popular Arthurian legend of Excalibur. The staff’s journey also bears a striking similarity to J.R.R. Tolkien’s One Ring in the literary classic, The Lord of the Rings.
The Authority of a Sage
The act of employing specific sacred texts to produce a supernatural effect is not the domain of pagans nor was it a practice that originally took root with them. The longing to discern the outcome of a future event or to manipulate nature in times of distress are not by definition characteristics of someone who practices the dark arts. But the fact that most people who try to achieve such results use twisted and unhinged methods to do so has conditioned most people to think otherwise. There is a story of the founder of the ChaBaD movement, Rabbi Shneur Zalman (aka The Alter Rebbe) who was arrested in the Russian town of
There are two texts within rabbinical literature that outline the use of the Torah and the Psalms to achieve specific results. These texts though they appear esoteric, encapsulate this idea. They are known as the Shimmushei Torah and the Shimmushei Tehillim (Psalms). The word Shimmushei means “practical use of.” These texts are known to reveal YHWH’s Names and passages of the Psalms that, upon utterance, allow the achievement of particular supernatural feats. I have included a background to each of these works in the appendix of this book.
Final Note and Warning
To anyone who has read this and now feels inspired to go off and research the subject for the purpose of creating a golem, forget it. With the onset of the internet (a researcher’s dream in the form of the effortless Google search) the formula for constructing a golem appears to have crept into the public domain, however, the exact method of creating one requires far more than studying the Sefer Yetzira and following the faithful directions of Eleazar of Worms due to several reasons. One is that some phases in the golem’s construction are deliberately withheld in all authoritative texts and passed down only in oral form from teacher to student. Another reason is that thorough knowledge of the spiritual manifestation of each letter of the Hebrew Alphabet (a principle requirement in creating a golem) is believed to be lacking even amongst the most knowledgeable of Kabbalists alive today. And yet another reason is the level of spiritual and physical endurance that is required to complete the task (extreme fasting and long periods of intense meditative prayer). Finally, the Torah mandates that nothing be fashioned in the likeness of anything above, on or beneath the earth. The purpose of this chapter is to merely shed light on a key action by the Navi Sheker and the Moshiach Neged that enables them to place the jewel in the crown of their final deception. Now go and study it…
 An acronym for "Our teacher, the Master Rabbi Loew."
 Altneuschul is a German word meaning, “old new Synagogue” and was the result of a new Synagogue that was built in
 From Eleazar of
 Greek word meaning, “four letters” (tetra means “four” and “gramma” means “letter.” This is used as a reference to the four Hebrew letter name of the El of Israel, which appears in the TaNaK 6,800 times.
 Not to be confused with the 7th born Enoch who walked with YHWH and is quoted in the Book of Jude.
 Possibly an Aramaic word (ab’ra k’dabra) that means, “I will create according to the word.”
 The Dura-Europa Synagogue is one of the oldest and most well preserved synagogues in the world. It has a large volume of pictorial art on its walls, challenging the widely held belief that Jews prohibited the use of visual images.