The X-Files: Season 4, Episode 15

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

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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.

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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 more »

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In opening burial scene, Hasidim are saying Kaddish, the Aramaic prayer for the dead with the Sephardic pronunciation, which no Hasidim ever used. See more »

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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.


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