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
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When writing the script for this episode, Howard Gordon had the characters who beat and killed Isaac as African-Americans. Gordon found anti-Semitism amongst black people to be an interesting subject, informed by figures such as Louis Farrakhan as well as the 1991 riots in the Crown Heights area where a Jewish man was killed. However, Fox was uncomfortable with this idea because they found that African-Americans had begun watching the show in larger numbers, and asked Gordon if he would turn the villains into generic white neo-Nazis. Gordon agreed to do so and the network OK'd the script. See more
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