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Author Magida, Arthur J.

Title The rabbi and the hit man : a true tale of murder, passion, and the shattered faith of a congregation / Arthur J. Magida.

Publication Info. New York : HarperCollins, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  364.1523 MAG    Storage
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  364.1523 MAGIDA    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  364.152 MAGIDA    Assumed Lost
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary One evening in 1994, Rabbi Fred Neulander returned home to find his wife face down on the living room floor, blood everywhere. He called for help, but it was too late. Two trials and eight years later, the founder of the largest reform synagogue in southern New Jersey was sentenced to life in prison, the first rabbi ever convicted of murder. In an examination of the misuses of the pulpit and the self-delusions of power, author Magida paints a devastating portrait of a charismatic, manipulative man who used his temple as a place to acquire several mistresses--and to befriend a lonely recovering alcoholic, whom he convinced to kill his wife. The story straddles the juncture between faith and trust, asking what happens when religious leaders who set the standards of ethical behavior fail to abide by them in their personal lives.--From publisher description.
Contents The murder -- "There's blood over everything" -- "Everything was kosher" -- "Sin is thrilling " -- The good years -- "Honey, you can still back out of this" -- Trying on his "rabbi suit" -- The price of success -- The women -- "Know before whom you stand" -- "When God closes a door, He opens a window" -- "Why didn't you run her off the road?" -- The troubles -- "My heart tells me you're not telling the truth" -- "Come back, Shulamit" -- "Couldn't he have just gone to a cathouse in Camden?" -- "If you divorce your wife, Fred, you'd lose a popularity contest by a landslide" -- "Advice for one DJ under fire: cool it!" -- Probe the heart -- Conspiring against God -- "I'm going to nail that bastard" -- "Detective perfect" -- The boy wonder -- Lies and expiation -- "A lousy day" -- "No hit man goes to the house twice" -- A savior out of nowhere -- In the confessional booth -- "He's gotta have ice water in his veins" -- "Dismiss whatever insults your soul" -- The trials -- "A piece of dung" -- "How many are the days of your life?"
Subject Murder -- New Jersey -- Cherry Hill.
Neulander, Fred.
Neulander, Carol.
Rabbis -- New Jersey -- Cherry Hill.
Rabbis' spouses -- New Jersey -- Cherry Hill -- Death.
Murder -- Investigation -- New Jersey -- Cherry Hill.
Rabbis -- New Jersey -- Cherry Hill -- Trials, litigations, etc.
M'kor Shalom Congregation (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
ISBN 0066210674
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