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    Harvey M Tattelbaum(Author)

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In the late fifties and sixties, Greenwich Village was the quirkiest, most charming, jazzy, eccentric, and urban of environments, the center of all that was both quaint and “cool”: brownstones and beatniks, coffeehouses and college students, folksingers and freethinkers, poets and “prophets.” Into this fascinating mix of cultural archetypes came a young rabbi, Harvey M. Tattelbaum, who became known as the Village Rabbi of the Village Temple. The spirit of Sholom Aleichem infuses his Tales of the Village Rabbi, a touching and laugh‑out‑loud-funny memoir of his tenure at a small synagogue in the heart of Greenwich Village. Though his years in this magical place were productive and soul‑filling, rabbinical training had not exactly prepared him for the bikers, thieves, ex‑cons, eccentric old ladies, drug users, cleavage‑baring brides, and other Village denizens he encountered while serving the congregants of his spirited little temple. Rabbi Tattelbaum shares his insider's tales—both downtown and uptown—of wayward weddings (and funerals), contentious Temple boards, irreverent interfaith shenanigans, heartaches, and triumphs. But the Tales also reveal a deep personal struggle with some of the most profound philosophical problems of ancient and modern religion, and are filled with a warm, humane, and rational approach to spirituality and religious meaning.

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  • By Gerrie L. Sturman on July 26, 2009

    Can't wait to read this 5-star book...and hope that Rabbi (and Mrs.) T will someday write of their experiences in the deep south of the early 60's when as a newly ordained Rabbi and Chaplain, he was assigned to the USMC Training base at Parris Island, SC. Their influence on the lives of their other congregants (and this bar mitzvah girl) at Beth Israel Congregation was profound.

  • By puzzler on May 23, 2009

    Tales of the Village Rabbi is a faced paced read. Rabbi Tattelbaum relates his stories in a humorous, yet compassionate tone. People of all faiths should find this book enjoyable and hard to put down. I recommend it to everyone who likes to read well written personal accounts. I eagerly await Rabbi Tattelbaum's next book.

  • By M. J. Von Tilzer on July 31, 2017

    I so thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a delightful surprise and I found the Rabbi answered quite a bit of my philosophical questions. Things I personally have struggled with.

  • By Sandra Berg on April 19, 2015

    A fast read. Thought he would talk about more interesting stories...these were pretty mundane. The best part of the book for me were Rabbi Tattlebaum's views on the existence of God which he describes in detaill at least 3 or 4 times, in case we didn't understand the first time!

  • By PromptProse on May 14, 2017

    An engaging series of anecdotes from a Greenwich Village rabbi.

  • By Book Lover on August 2, 2009

    I read this collection of funny, touching and moving stories in one sitting, and was so sorry that it came to an end. The stories provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of a rabbi and shed light on the joy, sorrow and overwhelming responsibility that come with being a deeply loved and devoted community leader. I only wish that the book was twice as long..... it ended far too soon.

  • By Alfred Paranay on June 28, 2009

    There are over 35 written experiences during Rabbi Tattlebaum's tenure in the "village temple" of New York City. His book of wonderful stories and philosophies are a great read, both funny and sad - some very tearful. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this book.

  • By Diane Ligon on June 7, 2009

    Well written, funny, moving and fascinating, Rabbi Tattelbaum gives us exposure to a world relatively few of us experience first hand, being a Rabbi in a community where being "normal" is almost abnormal - the Village in Manhattan. His views on Judaism are unique and very appealing and he presents them and these unusual stories clearly and masterfully. It's a pleasure to read a book by someone with obviously high ethics who at the same time is a very accepting down to earth person. I stayed up very late one night reading it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down.


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