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Publisher's Summary

Young and unassuming Rabbi David Small sorts through puzzling pieces of mysteries with logic straight from the Talmud. In Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, a shocking discovery on the temple grounds threatens to ruin both the diligent rabbi and the entire Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing. Unaware that his congregation is grumbling about his rumpled appearance and absent-minded manner, Rabbi Small spends long hours poring over scholarly books. But he is forced to face his congregants’ discontent when the police discover a young woman’s body outside the temple - and her handbag in his car. Suddenly Rabbi Small must study motives and uncover the killer, or lose more than his followers. Best-selling author Harry Kemelman fills his shrewdly plotted mysteries with likeable and cunning characters who could be your next door neighbors. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, veteran narrator George Guidall expertly brings the harried rabbi and his mutinous congregation to life.
©1964 Harry Kemelman (P)1997 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By DARBY KERN on 12-19-12

I slept late too, because i was up late listening.

Would you listen to Friday the Rabbi Slept Late again? Why?

I would listen to it again- I WILL listen to it again. It's a fun little mystery that set the tone for the whole series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rabbi Smalls is such an interesting character- not always likable, but his insights into the Jewish religion are always interesting. I learned lots about the true nature of a rabbi's duties with this series.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Rabbi Smalls, again- though I thought he did a fine job with all the characters.

Any additional comments?

Check the series out if you like mysteries with a surprise ending. This is the first one and sets the tone. It may be a bit dated (1964) but it's good fun. All the clues are there and it's still a surprise when you find out who the killer is.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lawrence Dembo on 02-14-15

Warm and gentle and clever

Terrific narrator tells the simple whodunnit with sensitivity and warmth.
Sure it's a bit dated but the politics are the same.
An enjoyable listen free of any of the nastiness of modern day murder writing. No swearing, no drugs. Kind of like "happy days" in a book.
Sad that t
It ended and off to get part 2 right now

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carôle on 12-05-17

Interesting and Educational

I read this book based on a book club recommendation. I'm really glad that I did. As a Christian, I thought that I knew a little bit about Judaism, I was wrong. Essentially, I knew nothing.

Having listened to this novel, I'm intrigued enough now to listen to the rest of the series. It feeds into my love of mystery and religion, the characters are endearing and the ritual interesting. The story itself, held its own and is no better or worse than any Agatha Christie tale.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary Carnegie on 11-04-16

Another, more innocent age.

Rabbi David Small is a young man who has the mind of a Jesuit! He has solid ethical values, but lives in a small American town with a newly growing Jewish population where the founders of the temple are powerful, politically and financially aware, and rivals.
Kemelman explains Conservative Judaism very well ( as far as I can tell ) as a system of ethical living, akin to Buddhism, without much reference to the Almighty, and his version of Catholic theology isn't exactly kosher!
This is the USA before 9/11, almost before Vietnam, still parochial, self-congratulatory, class-ridden and money-mad.
It's comforting listening, so last century. I read some of this series aeons ago, from the library, and now enjoy going to sleep with the voice of another USA (the road films, etc) and the wee setbacks of small business and parish pump pride.

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