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Leonard Nimoy in The Mysterious Golem
November 13, 2007, 1:04 am
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Jewish Radio Theater presents
The Mysterious Golem
with Leonard Nimoy and Gideon Zinger as the Maharal

Released by JRT Records in 1982 (“The producers request that this record rest on Shabbat and Yom Tov”), this is one of my prize finds from the WFMU record fair. Nimoy plays Rav Katz, the son-in-law of Rabbi Yehuda Loewe, creator of the Golem. Rav Katz (with a Spock accent) narrates to his son Chaim (with a Brooklyn accent) the story of the Jews’ persecution in Prague, and Loewe’s efforts, with a little Kabbalistic ritual and luck (and an Eastern European accent), to bring about a force that will rid the Jews of blood libels conducted by some non-Jewish residents of Prague (with Cockney accents, naturally).

The back cover states that this album was recorded in Hollywood (Nimoy), Israel (Zinger, Czech-Israeli actor), and New York (Chaim?).


Click back cover for larger resolution.


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That’s fabulous. You have to let us know if it’s any good. I did a quick search and found out that it’s still in print and can be ordered on CD from http://www.israelvisit.co.il/ohradio/index.html“. If you report back that’s a good production, I may have to shell out the $$.

Comment by Jack

If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend reading “The Shoemaker’s Tale” by Mark Ari :o)

– Matan

Comment by Matan Ar'ye Schwartz

thank you this was interesting as we are busy compiling archives on leonard’s work

Comment by maggy

I heard this recording on tape when I was in my elementary school years (mid to late 80’s) & I still have chills from the scene where the Golem is being created… This production was absolutely fantastic & I’m not exactly sure why it became so impossible to get?! They should have kept re-producing copies. The story is timeless, the acting / vocals are superb, & the drama is intense! Hear it if you can!

Comment by Ari

Thanks, Matan.

Comment by Mark Ari

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