Golems

Making Men of Clay: Can imitating God extend to the creative realm?

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When Gershom Scholem heard that the Weitzmann Institute at Rehovot had completed the building of a new computer, he suggested that in his opinion the computer should be called Golem I.

Behind all the golem legends lies the belief, especially prominent in the Kabbalah, that the mystics, by using the creative energy inherent in the divine names, repeat the divine creative processes. The whole fascinating legend owes its importance to this belief in which the doctrine of the imitation of God is applied to the creative as well as the ethical sphere.

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Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was a Masorti rabbi, the first leader of Masorti Judaism (also known as Conservative Judaism) in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism.