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The Thirty-third Hour: A Novel
The Thirty-third Hour opens at midnight Saturday, in the study of Rabbi Arthur Greenberg, the leader of the largest synagogue in Miami. The Rabbi has until 9 a.m. Monday morning, thirty-three hours, to investigate a sex ethics charge brought against one of his colleagues by a member of the congregation, Brenda, an attractive widow and the mother of an autistic son.
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 15th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published January 29th 2002)
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The second volume of the trilogy. The protagonist is an eminently successly pulpil rabbi at a large Reform congregation. A looming scandal leads the rabbi to lock himself away for a weekend in order to view over thirty recorded hours of congregational activity led by Rabbi Small, who was brought in as a scholar-in-residence. By the end of sitting through these videos the protagonist realizes how utterly hollow his life has been and how empty his ministry. This book has been required reading by s ...more
Dec 11, 2007 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Frank and Victoria
This is a novel by a rabbi from Florida which is the story of a rabbi from Florida who is investigating a report of sexual misconduct in his congregation over a period of thrty-three hours, by watching videotapes and listening to audiotapes of the accused and reading the journal of the accuser. The jacket says Chefitz is "one of the finest of a new generation of American Kabbalists."
An exploration of how a chaverah can work to enrich Jewish experience. The potential crisis is just a vehicle for us to experience the tapes of Moshe Katan's class. It is also the second book featuring Moshe, but can stand on its own. Frankly, Rabbi Greenburg wasn't an impressive character, but Moshe makes up for his lapses.