Friday, April 22, 2016

The Golem, Passover, and the X-Files

GOLEM WATCH: Passover and the Legend of Golem (Geek Dad).
The Golem has popped up in a multitude of places in pop culture, from TV to books to games. Some of the treatments have been more respectful while some show a basic familiarity with the legend but distinct disinterest in getting the facts about Jewish life right. Season 4 of X-Files, I’m looking at you. Episode 15 of the fourth season, “Kaddish,” opens with a man reciting kaddish. This entire scene is completely off (if you want details let me know in the comments), but the truly egregious part of the episode is the very premise, the creation of the Golem. It’s the X-Files, so we’re going to run with “Sure, random Jews totally know how to make a Golem.”
The truth is out there.

There are many past PaleoJudaica posts on the Golem legend. Start here and just follow those links.