The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 15

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

TV Episode  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,372 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 3 critic

After a Jewish man was murdered in a Jewish community, his killers are found murdered too. Mulder and Scully have to determine whether someone is extracting vengeance or larger forces are at work.



(created by),
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video


Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1040 titles
created 16 May 2012
a list of 192 titles
created 28 May 2012
a list of 24 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 203 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 24 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Kaddish" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Kaddish (16 Feb 1997)

Kaddish (16 Feb 1997) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The X-Files.
« Previous Episode | 88 of 201 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview:
Ariel Weiss
David Groh ...
Jacob Weiss
Kenneth Ungar
Derek Banks
Isaac Luria
Curt Brunjes
Timur Karabilgin ...
Tony Oliver
Jabin Litwiniec ...
Clinton MacGuire
George Gordon ...
The Detective
Murrey Rabinovitch ...
1st Hasidic Man
David Freedman ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis






Release Date:

16 February 1997 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Power of The Word
15 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To create, or Kill. In the Bible, the Apostle John Says "In the Beginning, was the Word, and The Word became Flesh". This brings an image into my mind, of God creating Man merely by Speaking. In fact, the whole concept indicates that the concept of Words, or, Intelligence, is God Him/Herself.

Throughout the Ages Words have been used to either bring us incredible tapestries of beauty, or dank cesspits of corruption. Sometimes the two things use the same phrases. And so what we have here is a visualization of how words can kill or heal, depending on their use or misuse.

This X-Files episode is Authentic in all detail, Mulder is used to explain the Myth of the Golem in great detail. I've read through old Hebrew Mysticism texts, and whoever wrote this got a lot of detail exactly right. So when the young Rabbi explains to Mulder how one word "Truth" gave the Golem Life, the removal of one Hebrew Character "Aleph" changes that word to the Hebrew word for "Dead" and can be used to kill it.

Here are words in several forms and using different cultures - The Nazi Printer has Nazi Propaganda posters all over his wall - Another example of how words were used to bring death to a lot of people. In the same way the Hebrew Mythology is accurately explained, in precise technical detail. When we see the Nazi working in his Print Shop, he is using either an AB-Dick 360 or 385 Printing Press, and the man's hand movements are exactly what one would do when feeding ink into the system. And every Printer would always look at the Delivery end of the machine to examine the Copy, just like what this man did.

This is why The X Files, and this Episode in particular, always felt right, when these kinds of stories were told. Because a lot of research was always put into the creation of the stories, and they get a lot of technical details correct, although pushed to the limit.

Whether it was Science being bent, Religion, Alien Abduction facts, even details regarding things like the Kennedy Assassination (Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man)- Or Past Life Experiences (The Field where I Died) - They always got their facts straight - At least, the same facts that had been published in the Books about the Paranormal at the time the episodes were aired.

Using correct details regarding a multitude of things, this episode tells a sensitive tale in a profound and unique way.

Not to mention, I've always loved stories about Golems - It's Fringe Bible Science. I always thought Chris Carter treated Religion with Respect- Regardless of which Religion.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Episode Elimination Game Season 4 lowriders95s10
The newest (third) trailer Gopherdon
Episode Elimination Game Season 3 lowriders95s10
Is Scully always in a pant suite and coat? mrohlee
Episode Elimination Game Season 2 lowriders95s10
Did I imagine it .... intravenus_demilo
Discuss Kaddish (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: