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The Rabbi and the Hit Man: A True Tale of Murder, Passion, and Shattered Faith

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  44 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A fascinating true-crime narrative about the first rabbi ever accused of murder and what the case says about the role of clergy in America.

On the evening of November 1, 1994, Rabbi Fred Neulander returned home to find his wife, Carol, facedown on the living room floor, blood everywhere. He called for help, but it was too late. Two trials and eight years later, the founder
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Harper Perennial (first published May 1st 2003)
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Jill Hutchinson
Aug 11, 2012 Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
The book relates the true story of a New Jersey rabbi who has his wife murdered by a less than professional hit man.(No spoiler warning is necessary since the title and the cover notes make no secret of the subject).
Rabbi Fred Neulander is an egotistical and charismatic leader of his Reform temple and his congregants either love him or have reservations about his behavior as rumors swirl about his philandering. He finds his wife battered to death in their home and his reactions to the horror are
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Shelby
Jul 16, 2015 Shelby rated it really liked it
I was taking a class from Arthur Magida while he was writing this book. (Yes, it's taken me a while to read it.) The story is horrifying, but the book is extremely well-written. I wish there had been more suspense, but that's nearly impossible when retelling a true story that made national headlines.
Bea
May 19, 2011 Bea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an account of the real murder of Carol Neulander and the investigation and trial of her husband Rabbi Fred Neulander, who has the distinction of being the first rabbi ever convicted of murder. It was fascinating to read partly because I knew of the area of NJ where it occurred. The story is also fairly contemporary as the murder occurred in 1994, and Rabbi Neulander's conviction was handed down in 2002.
Michelle
Feb 10, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
Very disturbing. I can't believe what this rabbi did! He was a sick individual. He cheated on his wife and rather than divorcing her he used an individual that looked up to him to murder her. He was the reason she was murdered and his actions did not only result in the loss of her life but he hurt his entire family. How anyone could be so cold and heartless is unthinkable! Worth the read.
Nick
Oct 28, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
A fascinating look at what happens when a sociopath gains major influence in a congregation, and how clergyman's crimes effect more than just himself and his victims. This book also did a good job of explaining relevant Jewish traditions so that non-jewish readers could understand what was happening.
Rachel
Feb 11, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
I wasn't a fan of the idea that the entire story was revealed on the back of the jacket, but considering it was based on a true-story, I suppose there really shouldn't have been any suspense. A very interesting read on the first Rabbi to be tried for murder.
april lewis
Oct 08, 2015 april lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was well - written, kept me engaged and I gained new insight into this tragedy that wasn't portrayed in the news. Great job!
Sharon
Aug 25, 2008 Sharon rated it really liked it
great true-crime, couldn't put it down, good book club discussion
Florence
Nov 11, 2008 Florence rated it really liked it
Truly horrifying that this man was a religious leader.
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Upsetting true story of an unscrupulous rabbi
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