Special Agent Fox Mulder
Special Agent Dana Scully
Goof: The actress playing Ariel mispronounces a Yiddish word for father: Tate. She pronounces it "Taht ay". The correct pronunciation is either, "Taht eh" or "Taht ee".
Factual Error: The book that Mulder finds in Isaac Luria's grave bears a Hebrew (or possibly Yiddish) inscription on the book cover. This means that it's written and bound opposite to the direction of English language books. Therefore, the name is inscribed on the back cover, not the front. (If it were an English-language book, the inscribed cover would be the front.)
Correction: The book is bound and signed correctly. When it is shown for the first time, Mulder simply holds it upside down. When camera focuses on the signature (name of the owner) we can clearly see that it is placed along the lower margin of the cover. Had the book been bound on the left (i.e. like in books using Latin alphabet) the signature would have been inverted.
After Ariel invites Mulder and Scully into her home the camera pans across a room filled with people and a red dot appears on the wall and seems to move with the camera until it disappears on Mulder's back
Scully: Apparently he'd been watching this tape when he was strangled to death.
Mulder: Very Old Testament.
Scully: Yeah, but with a new twist. The Brooklyn Homicide detectives contacted the FBI Civil Rights branch with an interesting set of fingerprints that they'd pulled off the boy's body.
Mulder: Interesting how?
Scully: Interesting in that they belonged to Isaac Luria.
Mulder: Risen from the grave to avenge his own death?
Mulder: Can you think of anyone who held a grudge?
Shop Owner: I can't think of anyone who didn't
Mulder: A resurrection hoax?
Scully: And not a very good one.
Mulder: Yeah, spectral figures are not often known to leave finger prints...Casper never did.
Scully: You haven't heard the rumours?
Shopkeeper: What rumours?
Scully: That Luria is back from the dead; that he's arisen from his grave.
Shopkeeper: What kind of Jew trick is this?
Mulder: A Jew pulled it off two thousand years ago.
Mulder: It seems pretty redundant, doesn't it? Messing up somebody you've already killed? I think they were afraid.
Mulder: Afraid that the man they hated enough to kill wasn't really dead.
It became frustrating for the production to get the mystical Jewish book to burst into flames on cue, during the graveyard scene with Mulder and Scully. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson spent hours working with the second unit on that particular and brief scene, but their experience became one of the best moments on the season's gag reel.
Dedicated to Lillian Katz. She was Howard Gordon's maternal grandmother.
The mystical Jewish book that had to burst into flames refused to do it on cue. When it finally did, it burned with a sudden flame so huge that David Duchovny had to fling the specially rigged book to the ground and dash out of camera range.
In an early draft of the script the Anti-Semitists were black to mirror the actual situation in Brooklyn which involves tension between Orthodox Jews and their African-American neighbors.
The episode title, "Kaddish" is the name of a traditional Jewish mourning prayer that is repeated daily for thirty days for a relative or spouse, or eleven months for a parent, following the day of burial. The prayer is also repeated on the anniversary of death. A mourner recites the Kaddish and a quorum responds in unison with appropriate phrases. The quorum consists of at least ten Jewish males who have passed their Bar Mitzvah (usually age thirteen). "Kaddish" is also the title of episode 72/5-17 of Homicide: Life on the Street.
Issac Luria is named after the famous rabbi of the same name, who is regarded as the father of Jewish mysticism. His initials in hebrew are "ha ARI" (Ashkenazi Rabby Issac), means "the lion".
Isaac Luria is presumed to have returned as a Golem, which, in Jewish folklore, is a being created for a purpose, often to defend or avenge. However, the supposition Mulder puts forth that this is Luria returned from the dead is one of several departures from the legend of the golem, which is made from clay or mud and activated by inscribing a holy word on the creature's forehead, either one of the names of God or the Hebrew word for truth (Emet). It could be stopped by erasing the word. This explains the significance of the word that appears on the corpse's and the golem's hand (another departure from the legends). In yet one more variation, Jacob suggests that Ariel (or the power of her love alone) raised the golem, when, in fact, is an ability reserved for the wisest and holiest rabbis.
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