With Conversations with Rabbi Small, Harry Kemelman adds layers of depth to one of the most beloved characters in contemporary fiction. Rabbi Small’s investigative talents and great learning come in handy while he’s vacationing in the mountains one June - even though there’s no murder to be solved. Faced with performing an emergency conversion, the rabbi must bring his celebrated tenacity and intuition to bear on a different kind of problem. Joan Abernathy has asked Rabbi Small to convert her so she can marry a Jew. The couple’s quandary prompts him to delve deep into the philosophy and history of Judaism. As he answers their difficult questions, Rabbi Small realizes it is not Joan whom he must convert. Veteran narrator George Guidall has been personally approved by the author’s estate. As you listen to his rich performance, you will find yourself sitting right in the rabbi’s rustic cabin, sipping ginger ale, and being drawn inextricably into the fascinating conversation. If you enjoy the rabbi’s company, be sure to check out the Rabbi David Small mystery series, available exclusively from Recorded Books, Inc.
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Harry Kemelman (Author 1908-1996) knew a lot about Judaism (at least a semi-secular version from the 1960's) but totally lacked understanding of Christian (particularly Protestant) beliefs and practices. Had he stuck with explaining Judaism and hadn't tried to make those erroneous comparisons to Christianity, I might have enjoyed this book and I really wanted to like it. As it is, I was so offended by my faith being so misrepresented that I returned this book without finishing reading it. This is really too bad as his Rabbi Small mysteries, though dated, are really quite interesting and enjoyable.
"The Gentle Hero: Rabbi Small at his best"
This was the best in all the series, once again Rabbi Small brings his formidable knowledge and understanding to solve what appears to be an insoluble problem. For those anxiously wondering who will be murdered, the answer is no one.
Nevertheless, this book is really addictive as we weave our way through the conversations with Miriam, Joan Aaron, Jane, Aaron's parents and Joan's father.
No, I refuse to say anymore because I don't want to spoil it for you. Just sit back and listen.
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