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The sixth in the ibooks series of definitive editions of Rabbi David Small mysteries by Edgar Award-winning author Harry Kemelman.Things aren't kosher in Barnard's Crossing. An unpleasant member of the congregation dies mysteriously and the suspect is a troubled young man. Rabbi Small comes to the case with Talmudic reasoning and insight -- and finds a solution that no oneThe sixth in the ibooks series of definitive editions of Rabbi David Small mysteries by Edgar Award-winning author Harry Kemelman.Things aren't kosher in Barnard's Crossing. An unpleasant member of the congregation dies mysteriously and the suspect is a troubled young man. Rabbi Small comes to the case with Talmudic reasoning and insight -- and finds a solution that no one else sees....

Title : Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet
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ISBN : 9780688030605
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Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet Reviews

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-05-09 13:51

    Another nice Rabbi Small mystery - I've read from Friday to Wednesday now. These are quiet little murder mysteries, set in a small town in Massachusetts in the 1960's and 70's. They're quick reads, simply written, and the stories are used as a framework for giving the reader gentle lessons in Judaism. The rabbi solves the mysteries using "Talmudic reasoning and insight".In this book, the rabbi is proving obstinate again. The temple board of directors wants to buy some property in New Hampshire to establish a retreat, and Rabbi Small objects, partially on the grounds that such a thing "smacks of Christianity rather than Judaism.... It suggests convents and monasteries, an ivory-tower attitude. Retreat - the word itself suggests retiring from life and the world. That's not Judaic. We participate." To finance the purchase the board intends to sell some property that was bequeathed to the temple, and the rabbi explains how this would conflict with the man's dying wish, and thus break Jewish law, if not the law of the land.And oh, yeah, there's a murder to be solved, too.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-18 17:59

    Not one of the better books for Rabbi Small. I get a little tired of the Rabbi and the congregation always butting heads over something.

  • Susan
    2019-05-13 20:50

    I really enjoy this series. I'm glad my sister introduced me to it. The books are informative about Judaism, and thought-provoking about religion in general. The rabbi reasons out the mysteries and the conclusions are usually a surprise to me.

  • Lora
    2019-04-29 13:55

    I had only read the first book in the series when I bought this one (#6). There wasn't any problem skipping ahead in the series, and it was a solid mystery with some interesting reflections about the nature of Judaism (a religion that is more ethics-based than mystical).

  • Matt
    2019-04-26 16:39

    Not the best Rabbi Small Mystery. But still a fun read!

  • Melissa
    2019-05-13 20:00

    Someone dies from a switched Rx...who did it...and why? Many people have the motive and the means...but it takes the rabbi to correctly solve the mystery.

  • Susan
    2019-05-01 16:42

    I enjoyed reading this series and learning about the Jewish philosophy

  • D. Higginbotham
    2019-05-19 18:40

    This author was very amusing. It was lite reading, BUT it kept you interest to solve the problem. They were all so different but I liked having the same characters in the lead parts.

  • Ginny
    2019-05-13 16:34

    This series is pretty good. I have learned a great deal about the Jewish faith. I have now read two of them.

  • Serena
    2019-05-10 13:41

    Three Days with the RabbiMy Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  • Bev
    2019-04-22 20:44

    Back in the mists of time (when I was in high school), I gave Harry Kemelman's Rabbi David Small series a whirl. I don't have reviews from that era of reading and I apparently didn't even think enough of (or read enough of) my sampling to think it merited an entry with a star rating in my reading log. But it seems to me that Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet (1976) is the very book I tried and didn't connect with. So, when it came up as I did a search for a suitable "Silver" book that I would have to borrow to read for the Vintage Mystery Bingo Challenge, I decided to give Rabbi Small another try. Unfortunately, I have to report that he still doesn't do a whole lot for me. Oh, the plot is serviceable enough, but the characters just don't engage me. According to the book flap on my library's edition, Rabbi Small is supposed to be one of the "most endearing sleuths in modern fiction." I'm afraid that I just don't see it; he comes across as rather bland to me. But...let's talk about the plot for a moment.This sixth outing for Rabbi Small involves the mysterious death of an elderly man with his fair share of enemies. Old man Kestler dies from an apparent mix-up in medication. Was it an accident on the part of the dispensing pharmacist? Did a family member give him too much--thinking if one is good then two is better? Or was there some malice aforethought? When Kestler's son starts stirring up trouble with threats of a malpractice suit against the doctor involved, Police Chief Hugh Lanigan begins to quietly investigate...taking Rabbi Small into his confidence along the way. But when Lanigan arrests a troubled young man who has come home to his father's pharmacy and who had a past history of difficulty with Kestler, the good rabbi begins to investigate in earnest and finds ties to his own congregation and a planned real estate deal.As mentioned above, the plot is serviceable. But it is also uninspired and not quite what I expect of a murder mystery. (view spoiler)[I expect an apparent murder to actually be murder. Not death because of unforeseen circumstances. Mischief was planned...but not death.So I cry "Foul!" (hide spoiler)] It's hard to stay interested when the mystery isn't entirely what one has bargained for. And the characters didn't engage me either. They just seemed to be going through the motions of a role in a mystery story. The book was a quick read for all that and decent. But I'm fairly certain that I won't be revisiting Rabbi Small again. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Helen
    2019-05-21 20:50

    I think I read the first set of these when they came out but haven't seen them around for a long time. There is a temptation to read these as a short course on Conservative Judaism but the mysteries are very good. This one involves the complex interactions among several families and members of those families. I can understand the hurt feelings when a son decides to become an observant Jew and therefore doesn't want to eat at home where his mother doesn't keep kosher and I understand the difficulties between an old fashioned, rather stiff, father and the son who finds him almost impossible to tolerate. The idea of a pharmacist making an error, let alone two, in dispensing prescriptions left me shaking my head. As we move through the machinations of the synagogue board we discover the position of the rabbi within the structure and indeed it is totally different from any christian officiant. I think that Rabbi Small takes it a bit far in saying that he wants to be free of restraints and able to create his own job. He is paid a salary by the congregation and that involves him in a bit more than David likes, but he who pays the piper calls the tune so unless he's going to be a complete scholar, writing, teaching and speaking in public, then he just has to deal with the nasty part of congregational life, meaning the infighting, lobbying, and general resentments that boil up periodically. This book was written in 1976 so I don't know how much change there has been, if any, but I have always thought it strange the way women seem separate from the worship in the synagogue. The board is all male (not unusual then in any organization), it's men that are expected to say the morning and evening prayers, either at home or as part of the minimum of ten men for the minyan, it's men's attendance at sabbath service that is important and of course rabbi, cantor and sexton are all male. The women get their information as to what is going on from gossip at the supermarket or over tea and it just seems as if there are two totally separate communities that come together for meals. I might not have really paid attention to this part if it weren't the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. I enjoyed this book, though, especially following the logic as Kememlman lays it out, in spite of the several fortuitous incidents that helped the solution along.

  • Garrett Zecker
    2019-05-21 14:54

    This is the second Rabbi Small mystery that I have read. I started with Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home, which I would say may not have been the best starting point, but that is okay. I enjoyed this book - it is your regular sort of formulaic mystery that I will not entirely comment on for fear of giving anything away, but basically revolves around a local prominent businessman dying after a sudden illness, and the surrounding controversy regarding a storm and an extremely busy pharmacy. In terms of the congregation, there is the normal bickering about how some money is to be spent, and what to do about some real estate. It was entertaining, fast paced, and not the most well written books I have ever read, but a fun read nonetheless. I was able to digest it in 3 visits to the gym, so it is a quick read. The beauty in the Rabbi Small mysteries is the subtle philosophy that Kemelman throws into the books - and mind you they are small and thoughtful pieces that are not really religious, per se, but rather reflect on ethics and being a good person, and these are reflected in not only Rabbi Small's religion, but of the people around town. This book did have an interesting little part toward the end regarding the roots of the Jewish faith and how it may be interpreted by other faiths, and what is interesting is that it is seamlessly thrown in to the text where it needs to be, and the rest of the characters in the book are usually just as knowledgeable as the audience; there is always something to learn and take away thematically from the book in addition to it just being a sort of paperback mystery. It is fast, fun, and if you like mysteries that can teach you something about the detective's career or life that you may know nothing about, this is another mystery that will satiate your appetite.

  • Lisa Feld
    2019-05-01 18:32

    It's interesting jumping from book one to book six and seeing how Kemelman has developed as a writer. He's got the pacing and tone of a good mystery novel and uses the form well to investigate the tensions of religious Jewish life in the mid-seventies: the ecstatic prayer, meditation, and spiritual exploration that drew so many Conservative Jews to Havurah, Carlebach, and the Renewal movement and away from the more formal and structured practice of Kemelman's Rabbi Small.As a reader who grew up steeped in that more spiritual Jewish practice (and who has seen its long-term impact on American Judaism), it's amusing and somewhat fascinating to see Kemelman's verdict: the meditation yearnings in Rabbi Small's congregation turn out to be a flash in the pan, ultimately unsatisfying and unsustainable as gurus move through town and on to greener pastures. Rabbi Small's order and tradition win out, regaining the confidence and support of his flock. But he still gives a nod of respect to the Hasidic mixture of strict practice and ecstatic faith of a fellow rabbi in another (safely distant) community.

  • Johnny
    2019-04-30 14:39

    Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet is an old mystery that I recently found in paperback. Having majored in Old Testament Studies in the seminary, I always find the Jewish slant on religion and theology to be fascinating, if not enlightening. Rabbi David Small is probably not the rabbi I would choose if I were Jewish. I’m much more inclined toward the mysticism of a Rabbi Lawrence Kushner than the Conservative Judaism of Harry Kemelman’s protagonist.Nonetheless, Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet is a solid mystery. Replete with red herrings (in the form of motivated suspects), I was constantly having to reconsider possible solutions (though my preferred villain was indeed the murderer). Indeed, this mystery gave Kemelman a chance to wax eloquently with regard to family, faith, and greed. Although I didn’t like the anti-mystical bent to this mystery because of my personal proclivity toward such, I do appreciate the effort to inject a healthy dose of ethics and personal responsibility into the otherwise rather simple plot.

  • Ari
    2019-05-11 20:46

    The first third of the book feels like not-very-exciting sketches in the life of the Jewish community of a small New England town. (As near as I can tell, Barnard's Crossing is somewhere near Woburn.) Then somebody dies. At first, this seems like just another detail of the setting. Things then rapidly accelerate, once it becomes clear the death was due to foul play. The last third of the book went by in a rush, and I found myself enjoying it much more than I expected.It feels very different from most mystery novels. There's fairly little action, most of the characters aren't directly connected to the murder, and many of the side plots aren't closely tied to the main narrative. This is the sixth book in a series. I hadn't read anything else in the series, but I didn't feel like I missed anything jumping in here.

  • Carol Stowe
    2019-04-29 18:56

    Once again my favorite rabbi book character helps to solve a murder. Rabbi David Small reminds me of the TV detective Columbo, not because of his attire but because he asks questions and/or listens to people and uses his unorthodox reasoning skills to come to a conclusion. His main job, as he sees it, is to remind his congregation when they seem to be straying from the correct path according to his religion. And therefore he explains differences between Christianity and Judaism, ostensibly to a character in the book but actually to the reader. If I had one criticism it would be that the female characters are so marginal. Rabbi Small's wife Miriam only serves as a foil to provide information to the reader, as do the other female characters. And when he shuts himself up in his study, which he does quite a bit, she is way more understanding than a human wife would be.

  • Andrea Hickman Walker
    2019-04-26 16:42

    I really do like the rabbi in this series. And I particularly like that the people in his congregation and the other people that are interacted with are well-rounded characters. I like Lanigan and the relationship they have. I do not like that the rabbi has a daughter named Hepsibah (really? Hepsibah?), but presumably that's a cultural thing. I enjoyed the mystery here, especially since I didn't see the resolution coming - I will say that the 18 bothered me throughout and I was a bit annoyed when it seemed like it wouldn't be resolved, but I felt the same way about the way the temple board behaved and that didn't get resolved. I do hope that Kaplan felt appropriately chastened for his behaviour.

  • Nan Silvernail
    2019-05-22 19:52

    In the midst of a terrible storm in Barnard's Crossing lives will pass, fuse and explode like the lightning lashing the land. An old man calls in a doctor, even though he is suing him. A much-tried wife needs medicine as well. A father wants to pass his drugstore on to his son who has come home for a visit. The son thinks his life lies elsewhere. The Rabbi is dashing through the rain, trying not to get wet and is not succeeding very well. But the real storm will break after the physical storm has passed, for a man lies dead.

  • Thomas
    2019-05-03 14:54

    I liked this book, but it wasn't a "read again" book for me. The author combines wit with mystery to good effect. Throughout the book I wondered "who done it" and changed my mind several times. My only real objection was that the capturing of the culprit was anticlimactic, almost to the point of being lame. I really liked the interspersing of Jewish customs and the explanation for them. I would recommend this book to mystery lovers, but would caution them not to set their expectations too high.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-01 14:31

    We had an old book club combined edition of the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday "Rabbi" books that I re-read after probably 35 years. The first two were good, Wednesday was the best of the three. Inside a good detective story was an enlightening discussion of mysticism, tradition, and religious belief. Glad I re-read these!

  • Chris Burland
    2019-04-27 13:43

    This may be the best of the Rabbi Small series Its a slow burner with the death of Kestler taking a bit of a back seat to the other story elements. I didn't guess the motive until its revealed. Great story and wonderful look into Talmudic Law and its application in the world.

  • Audrey
    2019-05-09 12:46

    This is the 6th book in the series. Have 5 more to go. May give it a rest and read something else.I am enjoying them alot. Each book contains some interesting points of Jewish law or tradition. I have actually learned alot about Judaism. I highly recommend the series.

  • Debra
    2019-05-17 17:34

    I like a quick read and enjoy the explanations of Judaism mixed in with the mystery of who killed Mr. Kestler and why. Was it an accident, was it murder, only the Rabbi is tenacious enough to follow all the threads and discover the truth.

  • Paula S
    2019-04-25 17:01

    When an sick old man dies from penicillin allergy the police takes notice and as usual it is Rabbi Small who finally puts all the pieces together. This book was a bit heavy on temple politics, but was otherwise a nice mystery.

  • Mary
    2019-05-08 18:55

    I remember enjoying the Rabbi Small mysteries some years ago. I think I have read them all. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this one when I would revisit the series. However I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys quirky characters and intriguing puzzles.

  • Meredith
    2019-05-08 19:53

    The prodigal pharmacist comes home - only to experience another fight with his father. Simultaneously there's land deals, development, and grand ideas for a spiritual retreat. Oh, and lying, delaying, and obfuscating.

  • Kate
    2019-05-13 16:47

    I enjoyed this and will look for others in the series. It's especially tasty for those of us with an interest in/knowledge of Judaism--those without it will likely feel a little left out (and maybe bored).Also, the 70s were weird, and don't let the Baby Boomers tell you otherwise.

  • Jonathan Lane
    2019-05-13 12:43

    One of the best Rabbi Small books!

  • Sharon Zink
    2019-05-23 18:59

    This book is well written and is for light reading. It is plotted well. I couldn't follow all the logic in the unravelling of a crime.