One of the city’s most popular legends is the story of the Golem of Prague. During the reign of Rudolf II, Rabbi Judah Loew created the golem to protect the Jewish quarter of the city and its citizens. At this time the majority of Prague Jewish people were being attacked and they went about their days in fear, until the Golem came, that is. Rabbi Judah Loew created the golem according to the Cabala, which specified that he be made of clay from the banks of the Vltava River. Following a religious ritual the giant Golem was created, only to be awakened by special incantations in Hebrew spoken by his maker. After an incantation the Golem would awake and he would do the biddings only of his maker, which included protecting the Jewish people in the Prague Ghetto. Rabbi Loew placed the Hebrew word ‘emet’ (truth) on the Golem’s forehead. As the Golem grew stronger with each incantation he also grew increasingly violent and started killing people. Some say this was due to a broken heart, but one will never know. Rabbi Loew was then promised that violence against the Jewish population would come to en end if the Rabbi would destroy the massive scary Golem. Rabbi Loew ended the Golem’s life by removing the letter ‘e’ from ‘emet’ changing the word ‘truth’ to ‘death’ thus ending the giant’s life. It is said however that Rabbi Loew’s son brought the Golem back to life. Fact or Fiction? It’s up to you; have a light night wander through the Jewish quarter and see if you meet the world famous Golem!
Address: Josefov, Praha 1. The Golem appears very rarely.
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