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Golem

"When we do not know why the photographer has taken a picture and when we do not know why we are looking at it, all of sudden we discover something that we start seeing. I like this confusion."  Saul Leiter

What are we looking at? A 'hassid wearing a hat and a beard? Yes and no. As a matter of fact we are looking at the Western Wall, the Kotel, on which we see the shadow of a 'hassid together with pieces of paper slipped between the stones by those who felt they had to leave a message there. The absence of light between the 'hassid and the wall draws a humanoid shadow, the messages appear like a ribbon around his hat, the stones reveal an unexpected depth as their surface appears neither to be flat nor to be even.


We think we are seeing a man but we are looking at a wall made of stones; then we think we are looking at a wall, but we are seeing a man engaged in a particular type of communication, in front of a special wall.


Beyond the wall, we believe there is something else, that this wall, that "The Wall" might be inhabited by a life of its own, that there might be there, enclosed in the heart of the stones, some sort of divine spark left from the dawn of time.


So, when we encounter such a mineral, brought to life in a mysterious way and shaped like a human being, shouldn't we call it "Golem"?