The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 15

Kaddish (16 Feb. 1997)
"The X Files" Kaddish (original title)

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Scully and Mulder investigate a series of murders that began with the beating and shooting of a young Orthodox Jew named Isaac Luria by a gang of young men. One of those men, 16 year-old ... See full summary »

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Scully and Mulder investigate a series of murders that began with the beating and shooting of a young Orthodox Jew named Isaac Luria by a gang of young men. One of those men, 16 year-old Tony Oliver, has since been strangled by someone - or something - with Isaac Luria's fingerprints. With rumors that Luria has risen from the dead to seek his revenge, the two remaining killers dig up his grave and find his body in the casket. One of them is killed however. They suspect that Luria's father-in-law, Jacob Weiss, might somehow be involved in the revenge killings but Mulder thinks the solution lies elsewhere - in the legend of the Golem. Written by garykmcd

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The idea of a "golem," a manipulable soldier made out of magically animated mud or clay created to protect Jews during pogroms or other times of antisemitism, actually is a part of European-Jewish folklore and mythology. The earliest-known written description of a golem's creation dates from the late 1100s or early 1200s. The most famous version of the golem myth comes from 16th-Century Prague, where a Rabbi named Judah Loew ben Bezalel was fabled to have created a golem to protect Prague's Jews from pogroms. The vast majority of Jewish scholars, even strictly Orthodox ones, see the golem story as a piece of allegorical folklore and not something to be taken seriously in a religious context. See also the Trivia section for the "Supernatural" episode Everybody Hates Hitler. See more »

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Jacob Weiss is reported to have belonged to Irgun ("Jewish Military Underground") *after* immigrating to Israel following the war. He was arrested for terrorism by the British in 1959. However, Irgun was dissolved in 1948 with the establishment of Israel and departure of the British. It would make no sense for an Israeli to have been arrested by the British in Israel 1959 (unless we are supposed to believe that he was carrying out terrorist acts in the UK - but that is not suggested and would have little historical resonance in any case.) See more »

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Stupid Characters - Untrue Information - Terrible Acting
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As an orthodox Jew (who has not always been) it is always both hilarious and baffling how Hollywood and all other studios can never get it right when depicting orthodox Jews. The pronunciation of keys words such as Tatte being said as "tah tay" is ridiculous! For goodness sake people get a real orthodox person as a consultant PLEASE!!!. If only they could create something really exciting to depict the stories of the Golem with realistic Jewish characters. If only Steven Spielberg would take up a project like this. Maybe it would be done right. Even the facts of creating a Golem was never done this was 2000 years ago. Not unless you are thinking of the source of Sanhedrin 65b. They should have base their sources much later with the Maharal of Prague. Even the name Isaac Luria, supposedly based on the "Ari" is so off. I was so hoping for something believable. This was awfully fake, as most depictions of religious Jews are.


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