The Golem: A Creature of the Jewish People
In Jewish tradition, the Golem is known by many as a make-believe creature created by magic. In Hebrew, “golem” means “shapeless mass.” The Talmud also use the word “golem,” meaning “unformed” or “imperfect.” According to Talmudic legend, “golem,” also means “body without a soul.” This mysterious creature is an ancient Jewish belief and fascinating Jewish tradition.
The Sefer Yetzirah, or the “Book of Creation”, was often referred to as a guide to magical usage by some Western European Jews in the Middle Ages, it states instructions on how to make a golem appear. According to one story, to make a golem come alive, you would shape it out of soil, and then walk or dance around it saying combination of letters to spell out the secret name of God. To kill the Golem, its creators would walk in the opposite direction saying the words backwards. Some other sources say that once the Golem had been physically made, someone needed to write the words aleph, mem, tav, which means “truth,” on the golem's forehead and the golem would come alive. Erase the aleph from its forehead and you are left with mem and tav, which is met, and means “death.” Though most Jews today don’t try to make the golem come back to life, it’s still fun to think about the fact that there could have been a mythical creature like this one.
Often in Ashkenazi Hasidic lore, the Golem would come to life and serve his creators by doing tasks that he was asked to do. The most well-known story of the Golem was connected to Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel who wrote the story in the 1500s. It was believed by many that he created a golem out of clay to protect the Jewish community from Blood Libel and to help out with doing manual labor, since golems were believed to be very strong creatures. Another version of the story says that it was close to Easter when the golem was created, and that in 1580 when this happened, a Jew-hating priest was trying to force the Christians against the Jews. The Golem was believed to protect the community during the Easter season. All versions of the story recall the Golem running psychotically and threatening innocent lives, so Rabbi Loew removed the golem from The Book of Creation, making the golem lifeless. A different story has the golem going insane and running away.
This jewish tradition is a fun and interesting way to learn about Jewish beliefs and history. Though the Golem is no longer a part of Jewish religion, it’s a very amazing way to make you think about the way Jews used a make-believe creature to ensure themselves that they would be protected from the Christians. Do you believe in the Golem?
Notre Dame Football
One of my favorite teams are Notre Dame. They are not a very good team but they can be good if they try. Another thing is that they have great team colors. Another thing is that they don’t have anything on their helmets unless it is a special occasion.
I have many things that I think are good about Notre Dame. They can have good seasons and they have bad seasons.
They made some bad decisions. Like the one that Jerry Tillery made by purposely stepping on the USC running back Aca’Cedric Wares’ foot. He got penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Their was one, just one Notre Dame player has ever been carried off the field by his team. His name was Rudy Ruettiger. He was a very good player and he was a great tackler and a great practice team player. The whole team wanted to have him on the team. Another thing is that he is a very nice guy. Another thing about Notre Dame is that They are a catholic school. That means that the students go to mass on sunday.
By: Sloane Moriarty
Once upon a miracle there was a survivor named Cece who hated the whole society. Nothing ever went her way. She didn't like her family or her house or her neighborhood or the school she went to. She had no friends at all except for her pet gecko named Elli. She really just wanted run away from everything and everyone on the planet. She new there was only one place to go where Cece and Elli would be away like really away. That place was Death Valley.
“ Mom I’m going to get some fresh air with Elli.” Cece said. “Ok honey that’s so great have fun, be back by dinner!” She grabbed her stuff and some money and food. She climbed out the window and ran. She didn’t stop running until she was out of her town. She lived in the hills of Las Vegas, death valley was 4 hours away from her house. That was by car of course. She waited at the nearest bus stop until the bus came. She got on with no hassle and took a long nap. She woke up to the sound of the bus doors opening. She got off and went on her way. The only thing is that she heard was the whistling of the bare desert. She felt wonderful being away from everything she disliked. Elli peaked out of her bag licking a cricket that she found. Elli’s tiny tongue hardly even touched the cricket but with every lick he looked happier and happier. That made Cece hungry she took out her canteen of water and a granola bar out of her pack. She savored the flavor because she knew she wouldn’t have it forever.
Cece was treasured by her parents but not by anyone else that's why she left. She believed that no one loved her. She was a geek, she loved to paint and read but deep down inside no one new but Cece was mad. All the time she would get upset not only with others but with herself too. As Elli and Cece walked she grew tired and decided to lay down. She found a tree and made a comfortable bed like surface made out of big leaves from a palm tree. Elli crawled up onto Cece’s chest and she was happier than she ever had been, but what she didn’t know was that when she awoke it would take a miracle to help her survive. “Goodnight Elli, sweet dreams.” As she dozed off in the humid air of the valley her thoughts wandered back home to her family. They were in a panic and Cece knew it. She didn’t care she was in heaven all by herself in a deserted desert.
When Cece awoke she was bumping along in a rickety caravan. Elli still sitting where she had left. “ Hey, hey take me back, who are you? Put me down you don’t know who you are messing with!” Cece shreaked. “Pipe it girly.” said a sketchy man sitting behind her. “ What are you doing to me?” Cece asked “We are trying to find someone that can hack into the state's security system.” said the man, Cece stared blankly at the man. “Why do you want me to do it I’m not that smart, and how did you know where to find me?” Cece was lying because she new exactly how to hack anything. “We have been tracking you for years Cece, don’t lie we have watched you hack into your school system to change your grades and small things like that. If you don’t do this for us your life will be on the line.” said the man. Cece wished she was back home with her family. Elli awoke and was startled by the new location. Cece held Elli tightly and prayed.
To be continued………
Let's start from the beginning. Cece Chavez a 13 year old girl. Long red curly hair that followed behind her and swayed in the breeze. Her green eyes were intriguing yet no one seemed to like the freckled face girl. Except for Elli of course her soulmate. Cece lived in Las Vegas Nevada, don’t think on the strip or anything….quite different than that. She lived just outside Las Vegas in a town called Henderson. As a kid she grew up swimming in the Colorado river and fishing with her dad. She went to a school called Jack & Terry Mannion Middle School, where she once again had no friends. She had never been very social, she had liked a boy named Andy Bridge once, he’ll be in the story later. Cece grew up a straight A student with high expectations. Even though she never raised her hand in class she paid attention and had close relationships with her teachers.
By: Kennedy G.
Do you know what a Sugar Glider is? Well, take a trip with me through the caves and forests to find them. If you want to go on a trip, and learn more information, keep listening to this article.
First, we will learn about their habitat. Sugar Gliders live throughout Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, and several different isles. There was sugar glider fossils found in a cave dated back 15,000 years ago! People now believe that they live in caves in all sorts of the places. The caves are in forests. The sugar gliders like the caves because they don’t like it that noisy. They also don’t like it light out, so they go in caves that are dark. I think I spotted something, let’s find some more stuff out.
I saw it! It is climbing up a tree. I want to see how it glides. I see, the Sugar Glider as some sort of flap of skin under their arms to their legs. When the wind is right, they jump and spread their arms out. They don’t fly. They stay in the air until they find a tree, or get to the ground. WOW! The Sugar Glider has a squirrel-like body shape. They are relatives to the squirrel. The males and females weigh about 150 grams. They can breath 16-40 breaths a minute. Oh no, it is taking off again. Let’s go!
It stopped, It is looking for something. Food. The sugar glider eats fruit, and sometimes insects. If it can’t find any food, it moves out of their cave and to somewhere that does have food. When it rains, they drink the raindrops. They eat honeydew, acacia gum, and a lot of other stuff. They take bird eggs and sometimes EAT them! I see. Right now, I think it is time to move.
I had fun looking at all sorts of the Characteristics, Food, and habitat with you. But, I need to go. I hope you liked it and keep listening to the !Dana Globe!
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Today's top stories from the Dana Globe. Written by Journalism, period 2 students.