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R. Yudl Rosenberg and the Golem

Probably everyone who has some interest in the Golem of Prague is familiar with Prof. Shnayer Z. Leiman’s article “The Adventure of the Maharal of Prague in London: R. Yudl Rosenberg and the Golem of Prague”. For those who want to read about R. Yudl Rosenberg even more, Curt Leviant has recently published a translation of R. Yudl’s stories, The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague. The book includes an introduction about R. Yudl Rosenberg himself and the legend of the Golem, part of which can be read here.

One Response to “R. Yudl Rosenberg and the Golem”

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    Menachem Mendel:

    One wonders whether Curt Leviant has read Prof. Leiman’s monograph on the golem. Reading through the sparse footnotes of Leviant’s work, one gets the sense that he did not. I understand that it is not meant to be an exhaustive study of the Golem episode, but some basic historical facts are, I believe, misrepresented.
    Menachem Butler | Homepage | 07.10.07 – 10:35 am | #

    R. Rosenberg was a fascinating personality, author of classic Yados nedarim and Hebrew translation of Zohar by parsha (Including a probably forged letter of Y. Yakov Emden recanting hsi opposition to Zohar). The latter comes with an interesting haskomo by Sde Chemed who suggests that the Zohar was originally written in Hebrew, like Bahir. This may explain away many of the facts quoted in support for late authorship of Zohar. See i…nor_of_lag.html

    The pseudoepigraphical aspect is intersting, coming as it is from a great Talmid Chacham in his own right. He was a Rav in Montreal in Mordeci Richler, famous Candain Jewish writer was his granson.
    avakesh | Homepage | 07.11.07 – 10:28 am | #

    Avakesh, if one keeps explaining away evidence and rationalizing problematic facts one winds up regressing from scienctific progress to a primitive archaic state of affairs where hanging by one hand from a tree and using the other to scratch under the arms displays the reach of ones intelligence.
    Georgiel HaMalach | 07.12.07 – 1:54 pm | #




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