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Golem by David Wisniewski
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This amazing story of the jewish folktale is both engrossing and beautiful. In the story, a rabbi calls forth a golem to protect his people from persecution in Prague. Eventually the golem feels connected to the world of men and doesn't want to leave his friends. But the rabbi must put him back to sleep after his work there is done, only to say that he will arise again if justice calls.
  npetzold | Dec 9, 2015 |
Czech Republic, Prague
  sydneykroll | Dec 7, 2015 |
Interesting story of the Jewish tale of Golem, a giant created to protect the Jews. I had never heard this story before and I had a bit of difficulty understanding it at first because of some content specific vocabulary. The overall idea of the tale was good.
  Mollie21 | Dec 6, 2015 |
Lies are being spread about the Jews of Prague in order for the people of Prague to hate them. The Rabbi is worried about his people and prays until he receives a word from God to create Golem. Golem is a huge clay giant that become protector of the Jews. Golem is good and capable of seeing beauty. He seeks out those spreading lies about the Jews until the emperor becomes angry and attacks the Jews leading to a big battle with Golem. Golem succeeds in getting rid of the angry mob leading the attack but the rabbi is concerned about so much destruction.
The emperor summons the rabbi and asks the rabbi’s intentions. The rabbi explains that if his people are safe Golem will no longer be a threat. The emperor agrees to guarantee safety for the Jews and Golem must be returned to clay. Golem does not wish to be returned to clay. The rabbi stays true to his promise to the emperor and also true to Golem by praying the prayer of the dead for him even though he is not really a man.
I think the rabbi exhibits the values and morals that the fable is trying to highlight. Strength, faith, leadership and the value of life. Truth is written on Golem’s head and when the rabbi begins to erase it the word then says death. Suggesting that to live in truth or die. ( )
  JPEmmrich5 | Nov 30, 2015 |
This is an amazing Jewish story with great detail and illustration. ( )
  leeneja | Nov 10, 2015 |
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Golem is the Hebrew word for shapeless man. According to Jewish legend, the renowned scholar and teacher Rabbi Loew used his powers to create a Golem from clay in order to protect his people from persecution in the ghettos of 16th-century Prague. (This was the time of the Blood Lie, when hostile gentiles claimed that Jews were mixing the blood of Christian children with the flour and water of matzo.) David Wisniewski's cut-paper collage illustrations--which earned him the Caldecott Medal in 1997--are the ideal medium for portraying the stark black-and-white forces of good and evil, pride and prejudice, as well as the gray area that emerges when the tormented clay giant loses control of his anger. Echoing the tension and mood of Frankenstein, Wisniewski sends the tragic giant back to the blood red earth that birthed him. The historical note on the last page offers a broader context for the legend, ultimately comparing the creation of Golem to the emergence of Israel. (Ages 8 and older) --Gail Hudson

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A saintly rabbi miraculously brings to life a clay giant who helps him watch over the Jews of sixteenth-century Prague.

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