One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross

by Harry Kemelman

Book, 1987



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New York : Morrow, c1987.


As a favor, the rabbi looks in on Jordan Goodman, son of the local grocer. Jordan has adopted the beliefs of a fundamentalist Jewish group, and before long, he is the only suspect in a local murder.

Media reviews

Harry Kemelman's popular series of Rabbi David Small stories continues with ONE FINE DAY THE RABBI BOUGHT A CROSS (Morrow, $15.95).

User reviews

LibraryThing member MrsLee
Rabbi Small and his wife are taking a vacation. They plan to go to Jerusalem to spend a few weeks with her aunt. Only, it seems much of Barnard's Crossing is going there as well. One of them is murdered, and another is suspected of the murder. Rabbi Small is able to use his good common sense and
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wisdom to help the police get to the bottom of it all.
Even without a mystery, I would enjoy these books. The mystery in this one was not a great puzzler, but the interaction of the people and the insight into the culture and beliefs of those involved were fascinating. One can't help but cheer for Rabbi David Small, his practical faith and good sense make him someone I would love to be around.
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LibraryThing member BonnieJune54
I like for my serial detectives to find a reason (any reason) to solve a mystery off their usual turf. The Rabbi visits Jerusalem in this one. The squabbles with his congregation are on the back burner. There is a good mix of characters and a nice sense of time and place. His books give an insight
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into the generation that was middle-aged in the 1980's. Their parents were emigrants or near emigrants and their children are hippieish. I suppose I find dated a good thing.
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LibraryThing member ritaer
Rabbi Small in Israel solves murder of professor and case of Mid East smuggling
LibraryThing member leslie.98
I enjoyed this 10th book in the Rabbi Small series, which was no surprise as I have liked all the other ones I have read. However, I felt that in this case the reader learns far more about what is going on than Rabbi Small ever does which made the elucidation of the mystery & Small's part in it
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less prominent than in the earlier (and to my mind, better) books.
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LibraryThing member judithrs
One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross. Harry Kellelman. 1987. Jim and I read this series in the 80s and thoroughly enjoyed them I had no idea I hadn’t read them all so it was a pleasant surprise when this title popped up on my Kindle. This books follows the same formula. Rabbi Small is always in
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some sort of trouble with his congregation; he stumbles on a mystery; and uses his training to solve the mystery and keep his job. In the book, the rabbi and his wife go to Israel to visit an aunt. A couple in his congregation ask him to meet with their son who has joined a very conservative Hebrew group. Rabbi Small contacts the young man once. Before he can arrange a second meeting, the young man is accused of murder. This was enjoyable, but not one of the better Rabbi Small book
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