The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague Yudl Rosenberg ebook pdf
ISBN: 0300122047, 9780300134728
From Publishers Weekly
In this first English translation of Rosenberg's "groundbreaking collection of stories," novelist, translator and scholar Leviant brings the Hebrew work to a wide audience. Published in 1909, the "pseudepigraphic" book purports to be a first-hand account of 16th century events in which the Maharal (the Chief Rabbi of Prague) passes on "the secret concerning the creation of the golem from clay and dust of the earth." Aided by the golem, who possesses formidable supernatural attributes, the Maharal defeats his nemesis the priest Thaddeus, "a vicious anti-Semite and a vengeful and vindictive snake in the grass." Thaddeus works diligently to unleash violence against the Jewish community, but the Maharal provides the spiritual guidance and intellectual counterplots to defeat him. In tone, the tales partake of Scheherazade and Sherlock Holmes, magic and mystery; good triumphs and evil is punished. Leviant's lucid introduction surveys the golem legend and Rosenberg and his innovations. Succinct, pertinent notes clarify Biblical allusions and Kabbala references for readers seeking more than a good story.
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"This collection of Golem stories written in the early twentieth century by Yudl Rosenberg provides a valuable inside perspective on the shape of the legend."—Robert Alter, author of Imagined Cities
(Robert Alter )
"Given the enduring attraction of the Golem myth to the Jewish and general public, this book is an important addition to the corpus of Jewish cultural texts in English translation." —Lewis Glinert, Dartmouth College
(Lewis Glinert )
"Thanks to an erudite and insightful introduction and adroit translation by Curt Leviant, English readers will, for the first time, be able to enjoy a book of wonderful tales describing the heroic and humorous deed of Yossele, ''the claymener goylem''."—Moshe Moskowitz, Midstream (Moshe Moskowitz Midstream )