"Tell me things I won't mind forgetting," she said. "Make it useless stuff or skip it."

"At a time when the Jewish Ghetto of Prague was regularly under anti-Semitic attacks, Rabbi Loew brought the the giant clay sculpture to life by writing the word emet (Hebrew for “truth”) on the forehead of the Golem of Prague.  The animated monster was to protect the Jewish people from outside aggression.  It was strong and powerful, but also stupid and followed directions too literally or incorrectly.  The Golem began by protecting the Jews, but its clumsy nature eventually led it to accidentally harm them, sending the community into greater chaos.  In the original Golem story the rabbi is able to shut down the bumbling monster and prevent further disaster by erasing the e from emet to create the Hebrew word for death.

"At a time when the Jewish Ghetto of Prague was regularly under anti-Semitic attacks, Rabbi Loew brought the the giant clay sculpture to life by writing the word emet (Hebrew for “truth”) on the forehead of the Golem of Prague.  The animated monster was to protect the Jewish people from outside aggression.  It was strong and powerful, but also stupid and followed directions too literally or incorrectly.  The Golem began by protecting the Jews, but its clumsy nature eventually led it to accidentally harm them, sending the community into greater chaos.  In the original Golem story the rabbi is able to shut down the bumbling monster and prevent further disaster by erasing the e from emet to create the Hebrew word for death.

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