D'oh, It's a Golem

By Eric Herschthal

Published September 08, 2006, issue of September 08, 2006.

It is well established that “The Simpsons,” America’s longest-running sitcom, has deep Jewish roots. Many of the show’s writers are Jewish, as is its producer, Mike Reiss. The voices of Apu, Professor Frink and Moe are provided by Hank Azaria, a Sephardic Jew, and the story of Krusty the Clown’s estrangement from his Hasidic father was the subject of an entire episode.

A new entry in the show’s Jewish log book will come later this year, when a third of the program’s traditional Halloween trilogy will incorporate the golem story — with the inimitable Fran Drescher providing the voice of the ghoulish monster of Yiddish lore.

The episode, which will be the show’s 17th so-called “Treehouse of Horror,” is scheduled to air November 5. It will also feature TV psychologist Dr. Phil and comedian Richard Lewis.



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