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The Case That Shook the Rabbinate

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/the_case_that_shook_the_rabbinate_20031121

"The Rabbi and the Hit Man," by Arthur J. Magida (HarperCollins, $24.95). If not for the legion of pederast priests unmasked like some gruesome ecclesiastical episode of "Scooby Doo," Rabbi Fred Neulander might have been a shoo-in for "most infamous religious figure of the past decade." Now, it's a toss-up. So be it. Yet after tearing through Arthur J. Magida's "The Rabbi and the Hit Man," the painstakingly detailed account of the rise and fall of Neulander, a philandering New Jersey rabbi who paid an assassin to bludgeon his wife to death in 1994, one can only lapse into a well-worn cliché. Truth is stranger than fiction.

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