CREDOS : Making Golem — I

Arthur Goldwag

The legendary golem, forerunner of Frankenstein and Terminator, was an artificial human created by Kabbalah magic.

It’s challenging enough just to read and understand the Sefir Yezirah (the kabbalistic “Book of Creation”). Then you have to put the very complicated procedures that it teaches into practice. This requires discipline, patience, wisdom and almost unimaginable spiritual strength.

Rabbi Eleazar of Worms’s commentary on Sefir Yezirah includes detailed instructions for making a golem, an artificial human being.

First, you’ll have to memorise a bewildering number of formulae and be able to utter tens of thousands of Hebrew phonemes and phrases in the correct order. Then you and your partners (you should never create a golem by yourself) should purify yourselves and dress in clean white vestments. You’ll need a sufficient supply of virgin soil and fresh spring water that has never been poured into a vessel of any sort. After you mix the two and knead it together, it’s time to get to work.

Taking care to breathe properly and to make the right head movements, you’ll have to combine each Hebrew letter and vowel with each of the consonants of the tetragrammaton (the four-letter name of God, YHWH, that pious Jews are forbidden to pronounce out loud-instead they pronounce them as Adonai, or “Lord”), while meditating on the parts of the body. —