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The Rabbi Wore Moccasins

Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaefer

The Rabbi Wore Moccasins is a murder mystery that weaves itself into the life of a California rabbi and lawyer, who is at the same time questioning his own life story. When the spiritual leader of a Native American community confesses to killing his wife, the rabbi is not convinced, and the mystery begins...

“Ancient riddles wrapped in spiritual enigmas inside a page-turning mystery, The Rabbi Wore Moccasins calls to mind The Celestine Prophecy, Mutant Message Down Under, and The Way of the Peaceful Warrior - all journeys that make you think, feel, and stay up very late reading!”
-- Cheri Steinkellner - Emmy, Golden Globe and Writers Guild Award writer and producer of Cheers, Broadway writer of Sister Act and Hello! My Baby.

“Not just a good strong mystery but an irresistible inside look into places we rarely get to see.”
-- Jeff Arch – Oscar nominated screenwriter for Sleepless in Seattle.

“Professor/Rabbi Gross Schaefer has blessed us with a rabbi sleuth reminiscent of Harry Kellerman with a taste of Tony Hillerman, and the lucky reader of this absorbing mystery will come away with wisdom from two traditions.”
-- Malka Drucker - author of the award winning Frida Kahlo and Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust.


Rabbi Arthur

Arthur Gross Schaefer wears many hats as rabbi, educator, and as a former practicing lawyer and CPA.  He is an award winning university professor and department chair of business law and marketing at Loyola Marymount University.  He was recently named as one of the top 300 professors in the United States by the Princeton Review.  Rabbi Arthur, as he is called by his congregation, leads the spiritually based Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara. Professor Gross Schaefer speaks and writes on professional and personal ethics, effective ethical decision-making, academic freedom, medical ethics, freedom of religion, spirituality in the workplace, burnout for attorneys, clergy and business professionals. He is also the chairman of the board for the Avi Schaefer Fund, named after his deceased son Avi and devoted to changing the campus climate around the Israeli-Palestinian debate on college campuses.  His wife, Laurie Gross Schaefer, is an internationally known artist and liturgical consultant.  He views his sons Elisha, Yoav, Avi z”l, and Noah as his university.


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