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The Rabbi of Lud

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Surrounded by cemeteries in the flatlands of New Jersey, the small town of Lud is sustained by the business of death. In fact, with no synagogue and no congregation, Rabbi Jerry Goldkorn has only one true responsibility: to preside over burial services for Jews who pass away in the surrounding cities. But after the Arctic misadventures that led him to Lud, he wouldn't want ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1987)
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Not sure how much interest there will be in this one for those non-Jews out there, or, at least, those without a pretty decent knowledge of jewish culture/religious practice/jokes etc. Very much a book about Jewishness and the fluctuations between the secular and the Orthodox.

Regardless, only Elkin writes rants like this, and it is for that I love him (or, at least, it is one of the MANY reasons I love him):

“Because, as I told my Connie, we’re not a chosen people so much as a marked one. Handl
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Stanley Lawrence Elkin was a Jewish American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His extravagant, satirical fiction revolves around American consumerism, popular culture, and male-female relationships.

During his career, Elkin published ten novels, two volumes of novellas, two books of short stories, a collection of essays, and one (unproduced) screenplay. Elkin's work revolves about Americ
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