Clockwise from the left Ramban, Golem and Judith.
Artist Geof Isherwood
|First appearance||Suicide Squad vol. 1 #45, (September 1990)|
|Created by||John Ostrander (writer)
Kim Yale (writer)
Geof Isherwood (artist)
The Hayoth are a fictional team of super powered Israeli supercommandos published by DC Comics. They first appeared in Suicide Squad vol. 1 #45, (September 1990), and were created by John Ostrander, Kim Yale and Geof Isherwood. The Hayoth's team name is a reference to four holy beasts from the Zohar, as seen in the Soncino Zohar (1934) published as a part of the Soncino Books of the Bible series.
|“||The Hayoth are borne along by the supernal power; and so were the movements of the tribes below who bore on their standards the likenesses of the Hayoth, that of Lion, Eagle, Ox, Man. Soncino Zohar, Bemidbar, Section 3, Page 154a||”|
The Hayoth are a team of four super powered covert operatives who act as a special division of the Mossad. Their first contact with the West came when Amanda Waller (see Suicide Squad) was contracted to capture Kobra. Waller was informed of the Hayoth's existence by an Egyptian operative named Nazair. Nazair claimed that even though Kobra was in Israel, he was a threat to Egypt's interests as well.
Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad covertly sneak into Jerusalem seeking to capture or kill Kobra. But the Squad's arrival is detected by the Hayoth, and their Mossad liaison Colonel Hacohen takes Waller and Vixen into custody in order to show them that the Hayoth has already captured Kobra. Amanda figures out that Kobra allowed the Hayoth to capture him but is unsure of why. Judith follows Vixen to a meeting with the Bronze Tiger and Ravan, she critically wounds Vixen and is nearly killed by the Bronze Tiger.
Meanwhile, the Atom discovers Kobra's true plan all along was to corrupt Dybbuk, the Hayoth's AI team member. Kobra "corrupted" Dybbuk through a series of philosophical conversations about the nature of good and evil, he then attempts to use Dybbuk to start World War III. The day is saved by Ramban the team's kabbalistic magician who has a lengthy conversation with Dybbuk about the true nature of good and evil, choice and morality.
Their next encounter occurred when the Hayoth mistakenly believed they would be allowed to take Qurac's former President Marlo into custody. This misunderstanding caused the Hayoth to become embroiled in a four way conflict with the Justice League (Superman, Batman and Aquaman) who were there searching for Ray Palmer (the Atom) as well as the Suicide Squad, and the Onslaught.
After a series of skirmishes Superman ends the fight with a shockwave caused by clapping both his hands together. The League confront Ray Palmer and he tells them about Micro Force and their murder of Adam Cray, the man who had been impersonating him as a member of the Suicide Squad.
Dybbuk and Ifrit
In order to gain the Hayoth's freedom after acting illegally on US soil, the entity known as Dybbuk agreed to help Amanda Waller, Oracle and Doctor Simon LaGrieve of the IMHS (Institute for Metahuman Studies) deprogram Mindboggler. Mindboggler was now the entity known as "Ifrit" by entering the magnetic bottle that contained her new consciousness. Mindboggler's mind had been used by Quraci technicians as the template for Ifrit. Dybbuk succeeded, and Mindboggler who now recalled her original identity of Leah Wasserman, and Dybbuk now calling himself Lenny are engaged to be married.
- Dybbuk - A stable artificial intelligence, who functions as the team's strategist and provides electronic countermeasures. Based on the same magnetic bottle technology used to create Djinn, Digital Djinn and Ifrit (Leah Wasserman) of the Onslaught. In European Jewish folklore, a Dybbuk is a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person.
- Golem - Moyshe Nakhman can shift his claylike body's composition between various solid and liquid forms. In Jewish folklore a Golem is an animated being created entirely from inanimate matter.
- Colonel Hacohen - The division's commanding officer and Mossad liaison.
- Judith - An expert in fencing and shuriken-jutsu, trained in the martial arts and infiltration, calls herself the "Sword of Zion". Her main weapon appears to be a Mughal Talwar. The name Judith is Hebrew for "Praised".
- Ramban - Team leader, a magician named after the great Kabbalist, Philosopher and Physician Nahmanides (Rabbi Moshe ben Nahman). Ramban has the Hebrew symbol for Aleph on his chest.
- As seen in Suicide Squad vol. 1 #45-47
- As seen in Suicide Squad vol. 1 #59-62
- As seen in Suicide Squad vol. 1 #63
- Cosmic Teams!
- The Unofficial Ramban Biography