By Arthur J. Magida
A desirable true-crime narrative in regards to the first rabbi ever accused of homicide and what the case says concerning the function of clergy in the United States. at the night of November 1, 1994, Rabbi Fred Neulander lower back domestic to discover his spouse, Carol, facedown at the lounge ground, blood in all places. He referred to as for aid, however it used to be too overdue. trials and 8 years later, the founding father of the most important reform synagogue in southern New Jersey turned the 1st rabbi ever convicted of homicide and sentenced to existence in felony. In a gripping exam of the misuses of the pulpit and the self-delusions of strength, Arthur J. Magida paints a devastating portrait of a manipulative guy who used his place of belief within the temple to draw a number of mistresses -- and to befriend a lonely getting better alcoholic, whom he confident to kill his spouse "for the nice of Israel." The Rabbi and the Hit guy straddles the juncture of religion and belief, and confronts problems with intercourse, narcissism, conceitedness, and adultery. it's the definitive account of a charismatic clergyman who paid the final word fee for ignoring his personal phrases of knowledge: "We reside at any second with our overall previous ... What we do will stick with us forever."
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For police, bad argument plus dead wife equals husband as probable suspect. The interrogating detectives at the Cherry Hill station had heard the man’s two children dispute his 26 ARTHUR J . MAGIDA description of a perfect, loving marriage. They’d observed his amazing composure throughout the ordeal, even within moments after finding his wife’s battered body. It was the rabbi’s manner that most aroused police suspicion. How could any man, much less a clerical leader, who ordinarily personified moral goodness and sensitivity to others, be so apparently serene, so unmoved by the death of his wife, especially given the circumstances of a brutal murder?
What was odd was that he wasn’t a great looker. He was short. His hair was tightly cropped. Women didn’t swoon over him. Men didn’t get jealous. Without the authority of the pulpit, he would have been just a regular guy. But his air of rabbinic wisdom and the power and authority that came with being a clergyman created a certain mystique. If a man in his position had a libido in frequent need of servicing, the potential for world-class philandering was there, no matter what he looked like. To some outsiders, Neulander was better at intimidating people than invoking awe in them.
Neulander headed off to Hartford to attend Trinity College. The school was a notch or two down from the Ivy League, but if all went well, it would take Fred Neulander farther away from his past than the hundred miles that separated Hartford from Queens—farther than even he had imagined was possible. The Trinity campus was designed eighty years before Neulander laid eyes on it by Frederick Law Olmsted, the most influential landscape architect America ever produced. Its quadrangles were bordered by dormitories with Gothic towers and thick, leaded glass that looked nothing like the brown-brick apartment buildings and the tiny storefronts back in Jamaica.
The Rabbi and the Hit Man: A True Tale of Murder, Passion, and Shattered Faith by Arthur J. Magida