On Sunday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m.-noon, Or Emet members Michal Moskow and Scott Chazdon will present an online program on the Jewish mythological golem story, its connection with Jewish mystical mathematics, the appearance of golems in literature, as well as more recent interpretations of the golem myth by female Jewish authors. 

Due to concerns about the Omicron variant, this program will be via Zoom only. Please register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Prague golem reproduction

Reproduction of Prague golem (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Golem stories originated in the rabbinic literature and became part of the Jewish folktale tradition. The most famous golem is that of Rabbi Judah Loew, the Maharal of 16th-century Prague, featuring the golem as a large, powerful, humanoid created from clay to save the Jewish people from outward danger.

Moskow is a professor at Metropolitan State University and is still rostered at the University of Gothenburg. Her major areas include social linguistics and human rights. 

Chazdon knew nothing about golems before the Or Emet Book Club started reading novels about them. He is a sociologist and program evaluator for University of Minnesota Extension, and former president of Or Emet.

The Sunday adult programs are free and open to the public, and meet concurrently with Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural Sunday School. 

Or Emet is a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective. For information about Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural Sunday School, contact JCS director Arty Dorman at school-1@oremet.org

For information about Or Emet, email info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org.

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