Study Guide

The Golem and the Jinni Chapter 12

By Helene Wecker

Chapter 12

  • Someone tells Michael that his uncle, the Rabbi, has died, and Michael wonders if there's anything he could have done to help him.
  • He goes to visit Chava, the Golem, who wants to go to the funeral, but there are no women allowed.
  • Over in Little Syria, the Jinni tells Arbeely that he met a Golem.
  • Arbeely is angry that the Jinni told the Golem so much about himself. He's afraid she'll organize the Jews and start looting Little Syria, an idea the Jinni finds ridonkulous.
  • At home, the Golem thinks about the Jinni, but she doesn't really know what his deal is since she can't just Google it.
  • She's also not sure what to do with the piece of paper the Rabbi left her, so she keeps it in a locket around her neck.
  • Michael lays his uncle to rest and goes through his things, including a stack of papers in Hebrew that he plans on going over later.
  • Exhausted like his uncle, Michael gets sick and collapses. Swooning runs in the family, it seems, and he has to be taken to the hospital.
  • While he's gone, a man named Yehudah Schaalman is renamed Joseph Schall by the Bureau of Immigration.