I really enjoyed Noah Gordon’s The Physician, which I read a few years ago, so when I was looking for a good book recently I picked Noah Gordon’s first book, The Rabbi. This book demonstrates once again that Gordon is a masterful writer and storyteller. It tells the story of Michael Kind, a Jewish boy growing up in New York City in the 1930s who becomes a rabbi and falls in love with a Protestant minister’s daughter. The story jumps between the “present” of 1965 and various eras in Michael’s past. It is a powerful and heartful human story. It is also definitely a Jewish story. As I think I mentioned in my review of Kaaterskill Falls, I am drawn to books about Jewish people, but like with Kaaterskill Falls, I think this book can be enjoyed by and should be read by everyone, not just those who identify as Jewish. The Rabbi is one of those books that leaves me in awe of the author. It is complex, deals with heavy questions such as what it means to be Jewish, but is also just a great and engaging story. It is no doubt obvious that I highly recommend The Rabbi. I look forward to reading more books by Noah Gordon.