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Czech Republic - The 'Golem of Prague' Stamp Issued in Honor of The Maharal

Published on: August 11, 2009 05:54 PM
By:  Haaretz
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Czech Republic - The post has issued a new stamp to mark 400 years since the death of Rabbi Yehuda Loew ben Bezalel, also known as the Maharal of Prague, who according to legend created a man out of clay.

The Maharal was an important rabbi in Prague in the 16th and early 17th centuries. He best known for the legend of the “Golem,” in which he is said to have created from clay a living being that had superhuman powers and that was used to defend the Jews of the Prague Ghetto.

Still today, many believe that the body of the Golem is trapped in the attic of Prague’s “Alt Noi Shul” synagogue.

The Maharal served as an admired teacher during a difficult time for Jews ? shortly after Spanish Inquisition, the Protestant reformation movement and other major social changes.

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He is buried in the Jewish cemetery in the Prague old city, and his grave serves as a place of pilgrimage to many Jews every year.

Neighboring Slovakia has also recently paid respect to its Jewish past, having issued a stamp to commemorate the Chasam Sofer, a leading rabbi in the capital Bratislava in the first half of the century.


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 Aug 11, 2009 at 05:59 PM Simon Says:

This shows that the real “Gdolim” are respected by ALL mankind

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 Aug 11, 2009 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Funny: Most people think those who work for the Post Office move like a "golem".

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 Aug 11, 2009 at 06:19 PM yoyo Says:

he is best renowen by the meny sforim he was mechaber

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 Aug 11, 2009 at 07:27 PM Anonymous Says:

he made a man out of clay? i did not learn this in school

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 Aug 11, 2009 at 07:37 PM Anonymous Says:

There is no historical truth whatsoever to the myth and false tale that the Maharal created a Golem. The Jews were not suffering from persecutions in the times of the Maharal and there was no need for a Golem. This is a fictional tale and it is embarrasing that people actually believe it.

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 Aug 11, 2009 at 07:36 PM yossel Says:

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Anonymous Says:

he made a man out of clay? i did not learn this in school

go back and learn

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 Aug 11, 2009 at 10:03 PM Mendy in Midwest Says:

when the Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch was in Prague he visited the 'alt noi Shull' and the resting place of the golem
his father the Rebbe Rashab of Lubavitch was very nerves and was saying tehilim for him the whole time

not sure of the date but i do know this is true
it is refrenced in the rebbes sichos

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 Aug 12, 2009 at 03:12 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is no historical truth whatsoever to the myth and false tale that the Maharal created a Golem. The Jews were not suffering from persecutions in the times of the Maharal and there was no need for a Golem. This is a fictional tale and it is embarrasing that people actually believe it.

There are many references in Seforim about the Maharal creating a Golem. Don't be so sure with what you say. If you don't believe it, then go up yourself in the attic and have a look for yourself.

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 Aug 12, 2009 at 02:06 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is no historical truth whatsoever to the myth and false tale that the Maharal created a Golem. The Jews were not suffering from persecutions in the times of the Maharal and there was no need for a Golem. This is a fictional tale and it is embarrasing that people actually believe it.

Well the mahral did made some kind of a goilem this is true and its written in several sfurim but how and what exactly that's unclear and espacially what happened to it

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 Aug 12, 2009 at 06:41 AM anonymous Says:

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Mendy in Midwest Says:

when the Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch was in Prague he visited the 'alt noi Shull' and the resting place of the golem
his father the Rebbe Rashab of Lubavitch was very nerves and was saying tehilim for him the whole time

not sure of the date but i do know this is true
it is refrenced in the rebbes sichos

The correct spelling is "Altneuschul"

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 Aug 12, 2009 at 12:32 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is no historical truth whatsoever to the myth and false tale that the Maharal created a Golem. The Jews were not suffering from persecutions in the times of the Maharal and there was no need for a Golem. This is a fictional tale and it is embarrasing that people actually believe it.

b'mchilas kvod toraso of anonymous neilam mimenu divrei dvar avraham please look in the Dvar Avraham (the Betchecher Ruv the mechaber of the Aishel Avraham on Shulchan Aruch) where he discuses the Maharal's Golem (regarding if someone was mekabel Shabbos early and then wants to change his mind, as the Maharal once did, when he forgot to "disable" the golem before shabbos and was mekabel shabbos already,. he disabled the golem and repeated Mizmor shir l'yom hasshobos, and the minhag to this very day is to recite mizmor shir lyom hasshobas twice every fri night in prague

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 Aug 12, 2009 at 01:39 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

There is no historical truth whatsoever to the myth and false tale that the Maharal created a Golem. The Jews were not suffering from persecutions in the times of the Maharal and there was no need for a Golem. This is a fictional tale and it is embarrasing that people actually believe it.

The Jews were not suffering from persecutions in the times of the Maharal? Where did you learn history? The Sixteenth century was full of suffering.

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 Aug 12, 2009 at 02:22 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Well the mahral did made some kind of a goilem this is true and its written in several sfurim but how and what exactly that's unclear and espacially what happened to it

There's been lots of research done on this, and it is not clear if the maharal actually made a golem. It is proven that these stories of him patrolling the ghetto, stopping blood libels, etc are fictional and were written by a guy hershkowitz in montreal about 100 years ago. In those days there were no cell phones, faxes, email, IM (hard to imagine). So the gaoinei hador used golems to carry messages to each other.

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 Aug 12, 2009 at 07:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Jews were not suffering from persecutions in the times of the Maharal? Where did you learn history? The Sixteenth century was full of suffering.

There were no blood libels in the time of the Maharal. The Golem story is a total Bubbe Mayseh. It is a Bizayon to the memory of the Maharal to perpetuate this myth. It is a Bizayon to Klal Yisroel here and now to pepetuate these Shtusim and make us look like fools.

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 Aug 12, 2009 at 09:24 PM Anonymous Says:

I was under the impression that the Maharal created only one Golem. From the posts I read here, it seems that he made many Golems.

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