Religion and Theology

1) Describe activities of Rabbi Goldberg you consider actions associated with a healer.   What challenges does he face as a healer?   Do you think these are typical activities and challenges for healers?
  Rabbi Goldberg in the cause of his work does exhibit characteristics synonymous with a healer.   When he meets Alemu for the first time he prods him to speak and offer a history to the situation.   He takes time and encourages Alemu to speak without putting words in his mouth or ideas in his mind and encourages him to express himself.   When faced with a situation that is beyond his control, the Rabbi retreats to seek assistance in this case from the book Culture & Nursing care: A Pocket Guide.   Like a good healer, the Rabbi walks with Alemu through the whole process including guiding him towards a realization of the option and paths available to him.   He does empathize with Alemu like a healer would without getting emotionally attached with the situation.   He offers clearly thought out arguments for and against each option open to Alemu while leaving the decision to him to make.
      The Rabbi like any other healer does face certain challenges.   This include having to work with people whom he does not understand their culture and yet is supposed to be sensitive to their beliefs, not imposing his own feelings or beliefs on the people he is working with and allowing people the time and independence to make their own decision in their own time.   He is also faced with the challenge of having to make certain decisions which may seem to be insensitive but which are necessary at critical points in life (Goldberg, 2010).
In life as captured in the story of Tenagne’s breadth, these are the challenges the Rabbi faces are typical of any healer.   The activities that he engages in are similarly typical of healers.

2) Does healing occur in the story?   Who is healed?   What is the nature of the healing?
  Healing does occur in the story.   When Alemu finally accepts his...