Rabbi Harvey Rides Again
A Graphic Novel of Jewish Folktales Let Loose in the Wild West
By Steve Sheinkin Jewish Lights Publishing, (2008)
Reviewed by Auggie Moore - April 27, 2011
Rabbi Harvey Rides Again is the second volume in Steve Sheinkin series of graphic novels featuring the invincible Rabbi Harvey from Elk Spring, Colorado. Set in the 1870's, this novel not only brings the wild west to life, but also the wit and wisdom of the west's most famous fictional Rabbi. If you've not read the first volume in this series, never fear. You can read the books out of order, but be forewarned that you will be hunting down the other volumes in this series before you are done with the one you are already reading!
For those who don't already know Rabbi Harvey, he trained back East, and then headed west seeking employment as a Rabbi and some interesting adventures. He found both in Colorado. There he has made a name for himself due to his uncanny ability to answer any question, defeat bad guys, and to help ensure justice for all, as he sometimes acts as an unofficial sheriff who goes armed only with the wisdom contained within his head.
In Rabbi Harvey Rides Again, Rabbi Harvey once again meets up with some of the fiends that he tussled with in the first book in this series, The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey, including the criminal duo, Big Milt and his son, Wolfie Wasserman, as well as the unexpectedly evil Bad Bubbe. In this volume, Rabbi Harvey also meets the charming Miss Abigail, who hasn't had very much luck panning for gold. Along the way you get to learn a little more about Rabbi Harvey's background before reaching Colorado, and to witness the Rabbi sharing his wit and wisdom with everyone he meets.
Sheinkin has done an excellent job writing this novel, which in reality consists of ten, short stories. They are all funny, the dialogue is witty, and the stories are infused with solid doses of Jewish lore and Talmudic wisdom. At the end of the book, Sheinkin has included a section that details where he got the inspiration for the various stories that he used throughout the book, as well as list of 'further readings' that includes several other graphic novels that have Jewish themes.
Suitable for the whole family, Rabbi Harvey Rides Again, and the rest of the books in the Rabbi Harvey series are a must have addition to any home or school library where there are children, or adults, with an interest in the wild west, Jewish humor, or who simply like to read graphic novels. Best of all, the print in these novels is clear and easy to read, unlike so many other graphic novels where even those with excellent eye sight need a magnifier to make out the text!
The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey, by Steve Sheinkin.
Volume I: After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. His journey took him to Elk Spring, Colorado, a small town in the Rocky Mountains. There, he settles disputes, tricks criminals into confessing, and offers unsolicited bits of Talmudic insight and Hasidic wisdom.
Rabbi Harvey vs. the Wisdom Kid, by Steve Sheinkin.
Volume III: In his colorful career on the Rocky Mountain frontier, Rabbi Harvey has matched wits with a variety of villains--most notably the sweet-faced "Bad Bubbe" Bloom, and the self-proclaimed genius "Big Milt" Wasserman. In this exciting new volume, these two formidable foes team up to try to rid the West of Rabbi Harvey once and for all.