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tradition-cabinetby R. Yitzchak Blau

Among his many works, Maharal penned one of the most important supercommentaries on Rashi (Gur Aryeh), an insightful commentary on the aggadic portions of shas (Hiddushei Aggadot) and a defense of Hazal from seven critiques (Be’er Hagolah). Yet he is most well know in the popular imagination for creating a golem. When did this legend originate?  What role did R. Yudl Rosenberg play in its dissemination and how did the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle provide help? See this fascinating essay by Professor Shnayer Z. Leiman: link (PDF)

About Yitzchak Blau

Rabbi Yitzchak Blau is Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Orayta and also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum. He is the author of Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada and an Associate Editor of Tradition.

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