SUMMARY ê JOHNS-CYCLING-DIARY.CO.UK ´ Neil Kleid Rabbi David Kahn has lived a forty year lie he is not nor has he ever been Jewish The Big PDFEPUBWhen at his funeral the “rabbi’s” grifter brother reveals the truth it forces the Kahn family to struggle with grief and betrayal as their congregation examines their every move and uestion their very faith His son Rabbi Avi Kahn the heir apparent s. It took me to the end of the book to realize The Big Kahn is basically The Big Con which I appreciate and which adds a layer to the story for me Because in a sly and cheeky way David Kahn previously known but never to his wife and children as Donald Dobbs was letting his family in on the truth of his origins That said though Kahn didn't risk explicitly letting his family in on his origins which brought them much pain after his death he was a man whose whole hearted dedication to Judaism would have pleased the sages of old Well at least perhaps HillelHillel was one of the forgiving and open minded of the sages and there is a famous story in which a non Jewish guy wants to convert and asks Shammai another sage Hillel's by the book debating partner if he could teach him the entire Torah while standing one foot Shammai sent him packing but when this same man went to Hillel Hillel accepted the challenge and saidWhat is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor That is the whole Torah; the rest is the commentary go and studySo the premise is Kahn is a beloved leader of a shul he pretty much built himself but when he dies his biological brother comes into the shul and tells everyone there that Kahn was not really Jewish etc etc That part didn't sit right with me Why would he announce it to the whole congregation I didn't uite buy it but anyway this is how the book begins with this puzzle and the family and the community have to figure out how they are going to handle this informationIn many ways it is destructive but it is not only destructive It shakes each member of the Kahn family out of a bit of a stupor in which they are either trying very hard to fit in to an identity or community without much self reflection or rebelling against said identity and community Here is a great opportunity for asking uestions about authenticity and identity I can't say this book was terribly well put together Some things are very predictable others not fully explored But I still appreciated some of the philosophical and social uestions and criticisms made in here and the ways different people grappled with loss One of my favorite uotes spoken by Avi the oldest son and a rabbi walking in his father's footsteps You taught me nothing but the truth but you were always lying Not that this book doesn't trouble the lines between truth and lies pathologically lying con artist and person earnestly trying to start a new and meaningful life It does


CHARACTERS â The Big Kahn · ❰Read❯ ➮ The Big Kahn Author Neil Kleid – Rabbi David Kahn has lived a forty year lie he is not nor has he ever been Jewish When at his funeral the “rabbi’s” grifter brother reveals the truth it forces the Kahn family to struggle with g Rabbi David Kahn has lived a for Faith and order to his family and community and reinstate his father’s good name Neil Kleid Xeric Award winning author of Ninety Candles and NBM’s Brownsville and illustrator Nicolas Cinuegrani offer a drama about loss lies belief and renewal in this dramatic graphic exploration of a family secret so well hidden it uestions the very nature of fai. The premise was interesting at a rabbi's funeral his family finds out he wasn't actually Jewish but a con man living a lie for 40 years but the story wasn't developed very well

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The Big KahnPirals down in an affair with his rebellious sister Lea’s non Jewish roommate Lea rethinks the religion she’s run from strong enough to alter her father’s life while Eli the youngest Kahn   inherits his father’s long forgotten legacy Somehow with the help of the uncle he never knew and his slowly re awakening sister he attempts to return. Starting with the weak pun of the book’s title this never really goes anywhere Rabbi David Kahn turns out at his funeral not to have been Jewish It’s a great kicking off point that never real gets developed with any wit or depth The art is overly simple reflecting the unsophisticated nature of the storytelling Hardly worth the effort