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Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red (Rabbi Small Mysteries (Ibooks)) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Rabbi Small Mysteries (Ibooks)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: I Books (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743445341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743445344
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,409,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rabbi David Small takes a break from the Barnard's Crossing's pulpit to teach a course on Jewish thought at a small community college. But he soon discovers all is not idyllic behind the ivy-colored walls. When a bomb goes off in the dean's office, the peaceful campus mood is shattered and everyone -- from professors and students to the indefatigable rabbi himself -- is suspected . . . of murder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The change literally kept me reading, and I wish it had been done sooner.
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The mystery element is an intelligent puzzle, the characters are well developed and believable and I learned something about Judaism.
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These books paint a fascinating picture of Jewish congregational politics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on May 24, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
TUESDAY THE RABBI SAW RED (1973, 272 pages) by Harry Kemelman is the 6th Rabbi Small mystery in the 9 years since Kemelman created the character. By now, Kemelman is settled well into his routine, but this novel in my opinion is the best I have read so far. Such was the drooping quality that I was in despair with the last two novels.

Leaving behind his rat-bastard congregation in little Barnard's Crossing, Rabbi Small has agreed to teach a class in Jewish philosophy at a Boston college. Of course, one of the professors is in his congregation and at some point in the novel - blink and you'll miss it - the rabbi performs the marriage for this fellow. It certainly seems the security and feelings are lax, considering this college had been bombed the previous year.

Rabbi Small, revealing an ache to be a real teacher, finds college life to be a disappointment. Arrogant and snotty as usual, he cannot seem to connect with the kids he teaches - though at least one of the students is a Vietnam vet. But wherever the rabbi goes, the game's afoot. Sure enough, a bombing occurs one day as the rabbi is on his way home from class.

But only during the investigation is a body uncovered - a murdered body, and not murdered by the bomb as is first thought. The rabbi cannot put on a different hat, but he puts on his 'thinking yarmulke' to solve the crime in his own plodding, unobtrusive way. This is a compelling, interesting story, just what all of the novels should have been ... but weren't. There is everything political from the early 1970s here, from the "Weathervanes" (thinly and pointlessly disguised Weathermen) to arguments about what a rabbi's true function is.

Did any of you know a rabbi was originally supposed to be a judge for the community?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on May 15, 2000
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"Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red" is one of the best mysteries out there. It takes place mainly on a Massachusetts college campus during the Vietnam era. Kemelman opens up with pieces of information that seem irrelevant, but everything falls into place. There is a clear plot, a defined theme, and the characters are real. This book will keep you wondering "whodunit" until the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2013
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I guess the Rabbi series are an acquired taste which I only recently acquired. Worth buying any one in the series just to see if you like the combination of detective style and religious education.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammi S. Knutsen on January 14, 2013
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I haven't actually finished reading the book yet but if it is anything at all like the rest of Harry Kemelman's Rabbi books I will absolutely love every word of it. The man has a read talent for reaching out and grabbing ahold of you and making you a part of the story itself. I love his books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Pirtle on November 20, 2012
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I always love Rabbi Small! I read all his books when I was in high school. This kindle addition is faithfully rendered. I will enjoy reading it again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Beetar on November 12, 2012
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I have enjoyed these books in the past. Now that I'm ordering books to my Kindle Touch, I always check to see how many pages are in the book. This and others have not been long enough for me to pay to have in my reader.

Also, these books are not very exciting and a little simple. They would be good for someone early to reading mysteries, but not for someone more adult.

I still enjoyed reading Tuesday The Rabbi Saw Red because it was familiar and not gruesome. Also, it gave information about conservative practitioners of Judaism. Knowlege of various religions are very interesting to me.

Faye Kellerman mysteries are extremely interesting in this regard, and a lot more grown up. Her books are favorites for me.
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By Louise Guay on June 18, 2014
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I am currently reading all of the Rabbi series! This one had a particularly hilarious first chapter! It's a very enjoyable as well as informative read. Kemelman keeps you turning those pages and praising the G-d of Abraham for Rabbis great and Small! I'm one of the Rabbi's greatest non-Jewish fans wishing there were more days in a week!
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By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2014
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I read about the Rabbi Small books about a month (2/14) ago and I started reading them and I am finishing up the last two (there are 13 of them) I will be sad when they are done. They mix mystery and good story telling with Rabbi Small explaining his roll as a rabbi.
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