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In Jewish folklore, an artificially created human supernaturally endowed with life.

[Hebrew gōlem, lump, clod, fool, from gālam, to wrap up; see glm in Semitic roots.]
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(Non-European Myth & Legend) (in Jewish legend) an artificially created human being brought to life by supernatural means
[from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem formless thing]
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(ˈgoʊ ləm, -lɛm)

(in Jewish folklore) a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and endowed with life.
[1895–1900; (< Yiddish goylem) < Hebrew gōlem shapeless thing]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.golem - (Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural meansgolem - (Jewish folklore) an artificially created human being that is given life by supernatural means
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable
2.golem - a mechanism that can move automaticallygolem - a mechanism that can move automatically
android, humanoid, mechanical man - an automaton that resembles a human being
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
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Likewise, although Barzilai never mentions either Derrida or Agamben, it would not be going too far to say that in her account of how the golem represents the human fantasy of complete mastery over the conditions of its birth and death, the golem is Agamben's anthropological machine turned against itself, bare life reclaiming its power to destroy every form of violent dominion.
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The golem of Prague, the guardian of Bohemian Jewry, may have inspired Czech playwright Karel Capek's R.U.R., the play that gave us the word "robot."
She had the gall to blame it all on a golem. Golem, indeed!
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Written to be accessible to students, scholars, and general readers, this work examines the use of the golem, the Yiddish legend of a protective yet rebellious clay monster, in representations of war in mass visual culture, such as films and comic books, over the past 100 years.
Hanging over the gallery door--rather like a prize swordfish mounted over a sailing club's entrance--was the fabulous, iridescent blue-green Golem. With its tessellated, reptilian skin voluptuously shaped into waves, and frothy curls along its edges resembling ocean foam, Golem suggests the lab-grown scales of some cloned, prehistoric sea monster.
Jorge Luis Borges's poem "El Golem," published in 1958 in Davar and included in El otro, el mismo in 1964, depicts a rabbi's creation of a golem, an artificial, anthropomorphic clay form that is endowed with life through the secrets of the Sacred Scriptures.