We love The Shivah’s epic rabbi battle.
We spoil the game’s story a bit by talking about the rabbi battle. And that’s okay. Because if you didn’t know about it, you wouldn’t get the game. That is, unless you love rabbis or point-and-click adventures.
How would you like your rabbi videogame?
The game opens with Rabbi Russel Stone’s final sermon before he gives up. He’s convinced God is out to get him. Then out of nowhere he finds out one of his former congregants died and left him a lot of money. This sparks our rabbinic detective story.
A couple hours later (or just over an hour if you’re a smart rabbi-detective), Rabbi Stone finds himself in a dangerous battle with the most epic of NYC rabbis. And he’s got a serious rabbi beard.
Play your cards right and the great rabbi battle commences. Let’s just say there’s a gun, somebody else’s live at stake, and a number of dialogue choices. It’s all about strategic rabbi-ness. Pick the right option at the right time that’s the most rabbi-like, and you might get a better ending than the one where you die.
If you learned to effectively think like a rabbi, you can be the last rabbi standing.
Have you ever wanted to think like a rabbi?
Have you? Most Christians and non-Jews don’t have “rabbi” in their top-ten career choices. From a Messianic Jewish perspective, we can’t help but feel like Jesus reinvented rabbi-dom and most of his followers missed the train. Seriously. He was one of the only two first-century rabbi to get called a “Great Rabbi” (rabboni). So maybe thinking like a rabbi is a good thing?
Also, have you ever talked to a rabbi? Did you notice that almost everything out of their mouth is a question? Did it make you wonder why they ask so many questions?
At the beginning of The Shivah, we get a black screen with this text:
A goy came up to Rabbi Moishe to ask, “Why do rabbis always answer with a question?”
To which Rabbi Moishe replied, “Why Not?”
Pay attention. This part is important. Rabbis always answer with a question.
Why do you think that is?
Do you think rabbinic questioning could help you?
The Shivah turned rabbinic questioning a fun mechanic. Maybe it also reflects a core spiritual value?
Maybe it’s best to get people to think about their own questions more than it is to give answers? Have you ever looked at how Jesus seems to answer questions with questions? Can you think of many times where he answered anybody without offering a question? And for those he answered straight-up, did he seem to have a special relationship with those people?
How do you respond when people ask you things? Do you respond with answers or with questions?