The Thirty-third Hour by Mitchell Chefitz
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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.

That colleague, Moshe Katan, an associate from Arthur's seminary days, has been leading an experimental family education program at the synagogue, bringing together parents and children to explore the stories of the Bible in new and challenging ways. Now, piled on Arthur's desk are the video and audio recordings of these sessions and Brenda's journal, which he has to review in a desperate attempt to avoid a disastrous scandal. The reader becomes judge and jury as Arthur seeks to find out what happened and, in the process, undergoes a spiritual transformation himself.


About Mitchell Chefitz

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Mitchell Chefitz, the founder and director of The Havurah of South Florida, lives in Pinecrest, Florida.
Published January 15, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 293 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite his reservations, and critical of Moshe’s methods, Arthur is soon engrossed by Moshe’s fresh telling of the old stories, and as the hours pass, he finds himself reexamining his own life: the shame he felt that both his father and brother Jonah worked for the Mob;

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Former Rabbi Moshe Katan takes center stage again in Mitchell Chefitz's second novel, THE THIRTY-THIRD HOUR, which is the story of a community exposed to a new way of practicing their religion and a catastrophic morals charge against Katan.

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