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Tales Out of Shul: The Unorthodox Journal of an Orthodox Rabbi

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Shaar Press (first published November 20th 1996)
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Kressel Housman
May 17, 2011 Kressel Housman rated it liked it
Shelves: jewish, torah, memoir
This is the memoir of an Orthodox pulpit rabbi in that great era of American Jewish assimilation, the 1950's. It's an interesting read, though downright bitter in certain parts. The author certainly doesn't toot his own horn; if anything, he's mourning his lack of success. But I happen to know that his son took over the shul after him, and it's the biggest Orthodox shul in Atlanta today. I have no doubt that's due to the father's accomplishments as much as the son's.

So overall, it's a memorable
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Mordechai Housman
Feb 08, 2015 Mordechai Housman rated it it was amazing
Rabbi Feldman writes about his forty years as a rabbi in Atlanta, Georgia, raising up a congregation of a handful of unlearned and non-practicing (but committed to the synagogue and the community) Jewish families to hundreds of deeply committed and practicing Jews.

This is a fascinating book, with truly interesting stories, as well as important thoughts and principles of Judaism brought to the fore in meaningful and often moving ways.

Rabbi Feldman knows how to tell a story, and how to tell it wel
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Judy
Apr 03, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
Emanuel Feldman could only have written this book once he retired from the Atlanta Jewish community that he served for nearly 40 years. With insight, wit and fresh, clear writing, Rabbi Feldman chronicles his career as a 24-year-old orthodox rabbi who found himself as the spiritual leader of a congregation that had always been Reform-Conservative.

Trying to fight the creeping assimilation among his congregants, yet knowing he needed to respect where they were coming from, Feldman and his congreg
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Shari
Dec 30, 2012 Shari rated it really liked it
Rabbi Feldman was the rabbi of the first orthodox shul in Atlanta for 40 years. This book emerged from his personal journals. It has stories that are funny, moving, insightful, informative and sad, too. Recommended reading for anyone who has an interest in Judaism.
Barb
Feb 19, 2013 Barb rated it it was ok
lots of excellent points, obviously an intelligent and wise leader. but mostly I found him to be petty and arrogant. I like his values but find his personality to be abrasive.
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