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Friday the Rabbi Slept Late Audio CD – January 1, 1997

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: RecordedBooks (1997)
  • ISBN-10: 1419383817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419383816
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,226,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first read the Rabbi books back in the 1970s.
Anne W.
It didn't seem as good as I remember the others--sort of slow moving, sort of "flat." Too bad!
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I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading others in the series.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rabbi Small is a young, "rookie" rabbi at a synogogue in an upstart, suburban Boston community which only recently has had many Jews in the town. The congregation would prefer a "star" that they can show off to their Gentile neighbors--a man who presents himself well at community events--more than they want a spiritual leader and teacher. Unfortunately, Rabbi Small doesn't quite fit their bill: he is often unkempt, he gets lost in his books, he refuses to participate by blessing the boats in the town's annual regatta. He even publicly chides the Sisterhood for serving non-Kosher food at one of their luncheons. At the same time that the Rabbi's contract comes up for renewal, there is a new problem--he is implicated in the murder of a young woman, whose body is found in the synogogue parking lot and whose purse is found in his car. Forming an alliance with the local Irish-Catholic police chief, the Rabbi proceeds to solve the crime, while simultaneousl! y working to win over the confidence of the synagogue Board of Directors to keep his job.
The book is a short, one-or-two nights read, easy to get into. As a mystery, it rates well but not among the great mystery classics. Kemelman's strength as a writer lies not in his build-up of the mystery tension, but rather in his ability to portray characters, including their admitted foibles, within their social context. The portrayal of suburban synagogue politics is uncannily accurate, as well as the struggle within the Yankee town to deal with the specter of prejudice and anti-Semitism when the Rabbi becomes a murder suspect.
For a light mystery, a sort of "Murder, She Wrote" with sociological insight and a Jewish twist, try this first of the "Rabbi" mystery series.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DARBY KERN on February 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's no need for me to recap the story- others have done it already. I do believe that some reviewers of this book, and other books in the series , have missed the point. Rabbi David Small is not a detective who enters a crime scene, recreates the events in his head and presents the police with the killer. He is a student, and a teacher. He is a man who has trained himself to think "outside the box" as the term is now. That is how he manages to lead the police to the criminal.
Another fantastic element of these books is the insight into the Jewish religion. As a gentile (and Protestant Christian) I may not agree with all of the rabbi's beliefs, but I can, and should, respect them. In a foreward to the new editions The late author explained why he began writing about a rabbi who was often in conflict with his congregation. It was because many people of his faith were not aware of the rich heritage or the historical purpose of the rabbi. His agent liked the book but thought he should add a mystery element to it. Thus was born the crime solving rabbi.
Do these stories move with the speed of an Agatha Christie yarn? No. They don't even try. Kemmelman tells stories about people- the crime is often secondary. Are they charming and entertaining? Oh, yeah.
This is the book to start with. Then hang out with the rabbi on every day of the week. Then SOMEDAY. Then ONE FINE DAY. Then on THE DAY THE RABBI RESIGNED. Then on THE DAY THE RABBI LEFT TOWN. Your only regret will be that Mr. Kemmelman only wrote 11 Rabbi Small mysteries.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Clinard on January 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Throughout the series, Rabbi David Small has his own problems. There is always a battle to whether his contract is renewed or not, and he's often in conflic with social or political desires of his congregation.

The contrast is that Rabbi Small does deeply care, but in his own way. He cares deeply about justice and Jewish law, and follows his own ethics and beleifs. If he feels his congregation is off track, he tells them, and opposes things no matter what the cost might be to himself.

Don't get me wrong; he very well might have been the wrong Rabbi for the community. In many ways, he was suited to a different age. Temples, like churchs and other social clubs, have needs and desires. Rabbi Small was kind of a throwback to a different age, and may not have been the right man for that community. It's easy to see how a principled man like Rabbi Small would not fit in; when he took a stand it was for a reason, and he wasn't much for bending a little to make a friend or save his job.

Over the course of the books it's also shown he has an affinity for younger jews, best described in Monday the Rabbi Took Off. During a Sabbath dinner, he argued on points with a college student. Afterwards, the student told his father he liked Rabbi Small. They may have disagreed on issues, but Rabbi Small neither pandered or lectured him - he treated him like an adult worthy of respect.

Rabbi Small's first adventure found himself as a suspect - because the murder victim's purse was found in his car. Suspicion shifted away to him to one of his flock, but the Rabbi pointed out things in his member's favor - which went right back at him. What he showed was an unwaring bias for the truth - as well as logic and interpretation of the facts.
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