Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Munch (Richard Belzer) suffers a crisis in faith when a middle-aged woman whom he had pined over in high school is found murdered. As he investigates the case, Munch flashes back to his mixed-up youth, yielding few answers but plenty of questions. Meanwhile, Mary Pembleton (Ami Brabson) walks out on her husband, Frank (Andre Braugher), when he shows up for their daughter's baptism. Among its many other virtues, "Kaddish" is the only cop-series episode in living memory to invoke the title of the long-forgotten 1959 private-eye TV show Johnny Staccato (an early John Cassavetes effort).