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