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English Project Snow In August Project The Rabbi and Michael Devlin have a very close relationship because Michaels father died in World War II as did Rabbi Hirshs family When Frankie assaults Mister G Michael is traumatized Then Mister G falls into a coma and is lost to the ever-dwindling congregation in Rabbi Hirshs synagogue Also they are both in need for someone to get close to Rabbi Hirsh has few members in his congregation and no family in America Michael feels alone at home because his mother works and comes home late another reason for Rabbi Hirsh and Michael to be close The War was traumatic for Michael His father enlisted because he loved America but he was killed in action in Europe Rabbi Hirshs whole family was wiped out in the Holocaust Therefore they can find comfort in each other they are kind of like a father and son Michael gives the Rabbi his old radio and the Rabbi offers Michael money for doing the simple task of turning on a light They also provide spiritual comfort for each other Michael is a devout Catholic and the Rabbi is a devout Jew at times they each have uncertainties about their relationships with G-d The Rabbi wonders why his congregation can barely make a minyan any more And Michael wonders how someone like Father Heany can just run through the service mechanically not thinking the nature of the prayer Maybe they both dont know what to do Like most people in town they hate Frankie McArthy the town bully Michael has three reasons First Frankies gang rapes his mother Second Frankie and his gang beat up Rabbi Hirsh Thirdly he witnessed the brutal beating of Mister G who is paralyzed The Rabbi and he can share their hardships The Rabbi likes to tell Michael stories about the old country the golem and what Jewish life was like Michael is always very
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