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The Affairs of Rabbi Flowers is the story of a young rabbi who, after being discharged from active military service, begins his quest to establish himself by responding to “Rabbi Wanted” ads. During the ensuing experiences, the rabbi encounters a variety of characters and situations that challenge his principles, his ethics, and his values … as well as his professionalism. Despite the fact he hungers to prove himself and to be a respected spiritual leader and teacher, he shows human weakness when faced with certain temptations.

The period of “Realism” in American literature took place during the second half of the 19th Century. Writers like Mark Twain depicted life as it was in America before the Industrial Revolution.

Being a neo-realistic novel, the plot of The Affairs of Rabbi Flowers is plausible; the characters act realistically and speak in the vernacular of the day. The Affairs of Rabbi Flowers takes place in the mid-to-late 1970’s—before the explosive electronic revolution. People still wrote hand-written notes or typed and mailed letters; they hesitated to make long distance calls … too expensive. They traveled by bus and train, seldom by plane—the interstate highway system was still under heavy construction, which frustrated driving long distances.  The nascent personal computer was considered by many as nothing more than a fad, similar to the hula-hoop.

An organization is composed of people. Where there are people you will find conflict, sexual attractions, chicanery, and even shocking behavior. In this neo-realistic novel the author portrays congregational life realistically. Whether an organization is a religious congregation, a for-profit (or not-for-profit) corporation, a condominium association, a country club, or a governmental entity … the professional staff and the lay-leadership must endeavor to satisfy its members, its customers, or its tax payers. At the same time, they are forced to transact with one another. There is a great deal going on in any real-life organization; by necessity the plot of The Affairs of Rabbi Flowers is multi-faceted.