In Jewish stories, brainless zombies were called golems. Jewish holy men called rabbis created them.
The golem was brought to life using the holy word "Emet" which means "truth". This was written on the golem's forehead, or on a clay tablet put under its tounge. Golems could not speak or disobey their master.
In some stories the golem grew bigger and bigger. To stop the golem from hurting its friends as well as its enemies, the rabbi turned it back into dust by rubbing out the "E" of Emet. This spells "Met", which means "death" in Hebrew, the jewish language.