The rigidity with which extremists on the left and the right cling to their views can lead to animosity and acts of violence as they try to preserve their points of view. What can be done to minimize the "you're wrong/I'm right" conflicts? R. E. Markham maintains that the solution is not to create some new religious or political ideology consisting of elaborate beliefs and rituals.
Franz Kafka, Martha Graham, Michelangelo's David, Marian Anderson, and Bertrand Russell all play a role in this novella. Einstein's Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul tells the story of a young man's search for transcendant meaning in his life. His guide is Rabbi Asher Ternfka, Einstein's rabbi.