Video: Golem — The Mysterious Clay Monster of Jewish Lore

From Monstrum: Made from clay and animated by the sacred word of G-d, the golem of Jewish origin has evolved from a 6th-century meditation of creation, to a source of labor, and finally, an avenging symbol of redemption.

The golem many people recognize today wasn’t invented until the 19th century–but how did it become so influential? In this episode, Dr. Zarka details how the golem represents the history of the Jewish people, and shows how the creature challenges the idea of what it means to be a monster. #golem #golemofprague #Monstrum

Written and Hosted by: Dr. Emily Zarka, Director: David Schulte, Executive Producer: Amanda Fox, Producer: Stephanie Noone, Illustrator: Samuel Allen, Editor: Derek Borsheim, Produced by Spotzen for PBS Digital Studios.

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