Q. What is the origin of the Golem story?
A. The Talmud tells us: that Rava created a man through the Sefer Yetzirah and sent him to Rabbi Zeira. The latter tried speaking to him and when there was no response (because the power of speech, a function of the soul, is limited to God’s creation) he declared: “You are a product of our colleague. Return to your dust!” (Sanhedrin 65b)
This is not the only anecdote; there are other stories from Jewish folklore that resemble the golem created by Rava. . Continue reading “What is the origin of the Golem story?”