Praying for My Patients

As a doctor, I know there’s a power higher than me. That’s why I pray every day for the people I’m treating.

Kaddish With a Dead Celebrity

In a cemetery thousands of miles away, an unexpected host helped me reconnect with my lost friend

Brought Together by Cancer

Israeli and Palestinian breast-cancer survivors build camaraderie as we face a common enemy

Doctor’s Orders: Sing This Song

Singing is a potent therapeutic tool—that’s why I started leading a weekly sing-along for cancer patients

In Memoriam, David Rakoff (1964-2012)

Remembering a brilliant, generous friend

How Tisha B’Av Helped Me Heal

Cancer, and a year of chemotherapy, gave me a new perspective on Jewish holidays—starting with Tisha B’Av

A Declaration of Dependence

Americans celebrate independence, but dependence can also be essential, especially in difficult times

Diagnosis Is Not Death

Two new memoirs, Memoir of a Debulked Woman and Fierce Joy, offer inspiring models for coping with illness

Counting the Days of the Omer, Up or Down

Cancer patients find a new perspective on the present and the future in the Jewish ritual of counting the Omer

Ground Up

Diagnosed with cancer, my father decided to have his tongue removed. It’s an extreme treatment, but he’s always known how to make things work out.

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