Alternately hilarious and heart-rending, the book follows the earnest, if occasionally misguided, exploits of young Rabbi Ben Zelig as he valiantly tries to balance the sometimes tragic and often bewildering demands of his calling. Real, surreal and super real, each of the six stories takes a unique stylistic twist. One of the most riveting episodes centres on the Rabbi's desperate search to recapture his lost faith. His Walpurgisnacht quest leads him into phantasmargorical situations where he encounters outrageous Fellini-esque characters who lead him on a bizarre adventure that starts in the ivory tower of The Rabbinical Academy, winds its way through Harlem strip clubs and ends in the Garden of Eden. Whether the events in these stories actually happened or not, they are undeniably true.
An active member of the Director's Guild, the Writers Guide, west and the Rabbinical Assembly of America, Herb Freed is the quintessential Hollywood hyphenate. Soon after he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Freed became spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Lake Mahopac, New York. At the same time, he produced and directed three shows at the Maidman Playhouse in New York City. Dore Schary, a member of the Seminary's Board of Trustees as well as head of production at MGM, became Freed's mentor when he resigned his pulpit to become a movie director. "Don't think of yourself as defrocked," Schary counseled, "merely unsuited." Freed directed and produced fifteen feature films, including top grossers An active member of the Director's Guild, the