Someday the Rabbi Will Leave

Someday the Rabbi Will LeaveAnother book in the series where it s pretty obvious that the point to the books is not the mysteries but the opportunity to explain contemporary Judaism It s good but there are better in this series. 3.5 Some really interesting twists to this story Kemelman was keen to show that money and position does not necessarily mean you are going to get your own way I was so happy to see an ambitious, manipulative, young woman s plans brought to naught her weak, manageable boyfriend smashed her road to success and recognition with one foolishly calculated move Kemelman seems to dislike the modern younger woman of his time 1980 s , and portrays three of them as sexual favour swappers who pay the males they are using with sex. I do admire the integrity and insight of Rabbi David Small, who somehow is still in his position as rabbi in the Conservative compromise Temple in the small town of Barnard s Crossing, near Boston, Mass I m also thankful to the Almighty that he is Jewish and thus never had any influence on the CDF modern Catholic equivalent of the Inquisition.Harry Kemelman managed to integrate much Jewish thought and almost Jesuit casuistry not a Catholic monopoly, or innovation, apparently into classic detective stories This is New England before everyone owned guns stated, firmly, in previous book , largely unaware of the world outside even of most of the USA, let alone the rest of that continentBarnard s Crossing is however exceptional in that it is possible for Catholics and Jews to be accepted as almost human you have to be born there, or you re a migrant No chance of election to the equivalent of the burgh council, unless you re at least third generation native This would be no place for the Scottish diaspora the local non Catholic Christians are decidedly Episcopalian with all the condescension of the ruling Anglo Saxon hegemony The Rabbi has always been clear Judaism does not mean faith it does not require and would even deny the existence of the Almighty, being Jewish is an ethnicity like I m Scottish , Judaism is only a system of behaviour, but only for some descendants of Abraham poor old Ishmael nothing , and it is not even necessary or even desirable, to adhere to those norms Seems weird to me, being Catholic, something that influences me 24 7 Usually his opponents are infinitely less likeable totally stereotypical Americans money mad, crafty, greedy, intolerant, egotistical but maybe he needs to get out except he can t there are few houses he can accept food in not kosher , but still he picks and chooses which laws to obey I always read these for the interesting insights into contemporary Judaism but the mysteries are usually good, too How far does the rabbi control what happens at the synagogue Can he say for whom he will or will not perform the ceremonies Yes, he can because that is the central part of his job If he won t perform an inter religious wedding then it won t happen His son Jonathan asks to be allowed to help the Republican committee in the primary that is coming up I m surprised at David s hesitancy in giving permission, but he is a very unpolitical person so I suppose it s normal This involves David briefly with one of the candidates, who drives Jonathan home one night There is a political science post grad who is managing this candidate s campaign Her father is a millionaire who has just been elected president of the congregation The story involves influence and what a person can expect in return for money or business or other benefit David says there is no quid pro quo in his business, which is all about standards You can give him whatever and he will be grateful, but don t expect him to change his standards for you I was a little disappointed about the ending of this one and, as usual, I would like to have a conversation with Rabbi Small. Another enjoyable outing with the rabbi As usual, I was on the wrong track in figuring out who the culprit was An interesting story about political corruption and about the rabbi s problems with the current president of the synagogue. I enjoyed the mystery and the political campaign parts of the plot, but the rabbi continuing to hold on to his job by the skin of his teeth is getting kind of old Too bad Laura probably won t be an important character in future books in the series It seems like her input at the synagogue could be entertaining. Weak mystery I have enjoyed reading the Rabbi series I always learn something But I felt the mystery was the worst of the books in the series I have read. Rabbi Small Faces Political Corruption, Definitely Non Kosher, Brewed With A Dash Of Dirty Campaign Tricks, Blackmail, And A Possible Murder And If That S Not Bad Enough, The Newly Appointed President Of The Temple Has Decided To Replace The Rabbi Before His Daughter S Wedding A pol will do anything to win an election. Great story well crafted Simple but deceptively deep in parts As man Orthodox Jew, I don t quite have the author s take on religion Still, highly recommended

Harry Kemelman was an American mystery writer and a professor of English He was the creator of one of the most famous religious sleuths, Rabbi David Small.His writing career began with short stories for Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine featuring New England college professor Nicky Welt, the first of which, The Nine Mile Walk , is considered a classic.The Rabbi Small series began in 1964 with the

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 280 pages
  • Someday the Rabbi Will Leave
  • Harry Kemelman
  • English
  • 05 October 2018
  • 9780449209455

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