- "A creature of Jewish medieval folklore, a golem is a figure made into the form of a human and given life." (JPS)
- "Early on, the idea developed that the main disability of the golem was its inability to speak."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb גולם golem 'amorphous mass, form', Yiddish גולם goylem 'dummy; fool'
Who Uses This
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
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Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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