Video game 'Shivah' is first to star Rabbi

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While Christian games like the newly released "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" gain mainstream attention, Manifesto Games in New York City is billing "The Shivah" as the first to star the leader of a Jewish congregation.

In the murder-mystery game named after the Jewish mourning ritual, protagonist Rabbi Stone is having a crisis of faith and his congregation on New York's Lower East side is losing members and cash.

When he inherits a small windfall from a controversial congregant, Rabbi Stone must solve the mystery behind the gift and make sure it is not cursed.

Manifesto, which announced the title via e-mail, said "The Shivah" plays on personal computers and is the first commercial game from creator Dave Gilbert.

Representatives from Manifesto, which sells downloadable games, were not immediately available for comment. "The Shivah" sells for $5.
  
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