In his hugely popular series, best-selling author Harry Kemelman creates well-crafted mysteries, filled with slice-of-life characters and fascinating Hebrew rituals. Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry pulls you into the Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing, which has just been thrown into disarray over the unexplained death of one of its members.
As Rabbi Small and his temple congregation solemnly prepare for Yom Kippur, a non-practicing member is found dead behind the wheel of his car - in his own garage. The police call the death an accident, and the insurance company insists that it’s suicide. But Miriam, Rabbi Small’s wife, believes the mishap could only be cold-blooded murder. With his congregants splitting over the possible cause, the young rabbi must discover the truth, or forfeit all hope for peace in the temple. Turning to the Talmud for divine logic, Rabbi Small discovers order in the midst of the most muddled events.
Veteran narrator George Guidall, personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, provides the perfect voice for the determined rabbi as he faces the divided Jewish community.
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Great book and the narration is the BEST!
- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."
You don't need to be Jewish to enjoy the story.
Kemelman shares a little known niche of our society. Who understands the Jew? These Rabbi stories are marvelous in opening a window to a world so little explored. The explanations interwoven with the story bring a whole other view point of life as seen by the Hebrew people. These stories are presented in away that gives readers the option of following conventional thought or you can try to adapt to the Rabbi's thinking. Both are strains of thought are convincing but only one can be right. No one else on the planet could do these narrations and give them due justice as George Guidall's does. I would listen to Mr. Guidall read a telephone book.
- Ken Rupkalvis "Slidehorn"