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[[caption-width-right:320: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI3ju0ejOfQ Is there anything more to say?]]]]

Rabbi Russell Stone is a conservative Jew who is slowly dying inside. His congregation has mostly left him, his synagogue is falling apart, and he is starting to lose faith in God's benevolence. Then, one day, he receives a bit of good news, albeit of the bittersweet variety: A former member of his congregation has died, and left him thousands of dollars with which to pay his overdue rents and keep his synagogue together... there are, however, a few problems.

The dead man, Jack Lauder, is someone from whom Stone had been estranged for years, so it was quite odd that Lauder would mention Stone in his will. Furthermore, Lauder was murdered, and Stone is a suspect.

Rather than take the money and quietly accept it, Stone decides that he will investigate Jack Lauder's death himself, to clear his name and find out what really happened. To start, he'll make a [[TitleDrop Shivah]] call on Rajshree Lauder, Jack's widow...


''The Shivah'' is a WadjetEyeGames project from the mind of Dave Gilbert. For other Wadjet Eye games, see GeminiRue and TheBlackwellSeries. Originally released in September 2006, the game got a UpdatedRerelease in November 2013 with enhanced graphics. This version is called ''The Shivah: Kosher Edition''.
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!!This Game provides examples of:
* AlterKocker: Rabbi Amos Zelig.
* ArcWords: "You call yourself a Jew?"
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: A critical game mechanic. Stone gets involved in a few Rabbinic Duels during the game, where his ability to provoke doubt in his opponents will literally determine if he lives or dies.
* BigApplesauce: Set in New York, though the plot could take place just about anywhere both Jewish congregations and [[spoiler:organized crime]] can be found.
* ClearMyName: Part of Stone's motivation, although the case against him is pretty weak (motive, but neither apparent means or opportunity), and he's more driven by curiousity.
* DialogueTree: Notable mostly for the use of Rabbinic Answers.
* FilmNoir: Certain elements are definitely there.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[GeminiRue Kane Harris]] apparently quit piloting and became a rabbi. Or maybe [[TheBlackwellSeries Joey Mallone]] got brought back to life.
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Judaism}} Judaism]]: [[ShownTheirWork Well researched]] and [[PlayedForDrama taken absolutely seriously]]. There are some errors here and there though. Dave Gilbert has mentioned in interviews that he [[WriteWhatYouKnow is of Jewish heritage and although he is not actively religious, he still feels a strong connection to his roots]].
* [[spoiler: KosherNostra: Amos Zelig.]]
* MiddleManagementMook: [[spoiler: Zelig]]. He acts like a BigBad, but since his role is mostly to reroute hapless people who are asking him for financial advice in exchange for kickbacks, he comes out looking like a SmugSnake along with this trope.
* MinoredInAssKicking: Rabbi Stone used to be in a boxing league. Harmless old Jew, he isn't.
* MistakenForMurderer: Stone gets involved in the mystery after finding out he's the prime suspect.
* MultipleEndings: There are many variations on the ending, most of them dependent on your actions in the last scene.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Rabbi Stone feels a lot of guilt about excommunicating Jack Lauder over his relationship with Rajshree. See the Judaism page for notes about inter-faith/intercultural marriages.]]
* NonAnswer: Every time you are asked a question, you can choose to respond with a "Rabbinic Answer," which is always another question. Some are rhetorical, while others appear to be deliberately evasive or designed to make the questioner guess the real answer. Most people respond with impatience to the Rabbinic Answer.
* PsychoForHire: [[spoiler:Joe Demarco]]
* LoanShark: [[spoiler:Rabbi Zelig's secret is that he hooks up members of his congregation with these, and has anyone who asks too many questions killed. Jack was one such victim.]]
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Rabbi Stone's style of narration. Descriptions of items that the player clicks on are also in past tense, to tie in with the feel of the monologue.
* ShiksaGoddess: Invoked for Rajshree Sharma Lauder.
* TheVerse: The game shares some elements with ''TheBlackwellSeries''. Rosangela Blackwell contacted Rabbi Zelig (presumably about an obituary), Sam Durkin is a recurring character in the Blackwell series, and both games have spam e-mails by Tomo. ''The Blackwell Deception'' also shows that Rajshree contacted Rosa to see if the ghost of her husband (Jack Lauder) was around.
** Also, Rosangela's neighbor Nishanthi and Rajshree share the same maiden name, Sharma. And in ''The Shivah'', in the pub there's a certain redhead talking to someone who "isn't there".
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