James Kugel reflects on his battle with cancer and what he learned from it.
Best known for his series of books on reading and understanding the Bible, James Kugel, emeritus professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard University who now lives in Jerusalem, turned to a more-personal subject in his latest book — his confrontation with an aggressive form of cancer a decade ago.
In “In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief” (Free Press), Kugel shares part of his experience of confrontation with a potentially fatal illness, and his perspective on mortality through a lens of scripture and Jewish tradition.
Harvard psychologist mixes ‘evidence-based treatment with Torah’ for OCD sufferers.
The caller this summer, a 20ish man from Brooklyn, was anxious. Still single, Modern Orthodox, he got nervous in “social situations,” he told David Rosmarin. The crowds at kiddush in shul on Shabbos unnerved him; he felt uneasy leading congregational prayers from the amud, the podium at the front of the sanctuary. “Public speaking,” the man told him, “forget it.”
The first Israeli Arab woman to become a plastic surgeon
feels the pressure of her pioneering role.
Jerusalem — It was early May but Dr. Rabnia El Khatib was so busy studying for an important exam, scheduled for June, that she could not find time for a face-to-face interview. “I’ve taken the week off from work to study,” she explained apologetically.
The first Israeli Arab woman to become a plastic surgeon in Israel, El Khatib feels particularly driven to succeed, not only for herself but for her community.
New round of violence puts focus on ways to cope with terror for children and adults.
Sderot, Israel — Last autumn, Ronith Gil, a kindergarten teacher in Kibbutz Zakim, near the Gaza border, attended five workshops offered by the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) on how to help children cope
with fear and trauma. On Dec. 21, soon after the fifth class, Gil was forced to put her new training to use when a Kassam rocket landed just 15 feet from her kindergarten.
“I was on my way to school when it hit,” Gil recalled. “Despite the loud boom, I was in total denial until I saw a rocket sticking out of the ground.”
A California congregation does some belt-tightening —
with mindful eating, surgery and exercise.
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Rabbi Nat Ezray is no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop. Neither are his wife and children, his colleagues, nor his congregation, now that he has undergone life-changing bariatric surgery to help him lose weight and restore his health following several cardiac events.
Having learned the hard way the importance of mindful eating and a healthy, balanced lifestyle, he has made these not only a personal priority, but also a top agenda item at his synagogue.
Novel weighs in on the connections
between hunger, longing and love.
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Gray Lachmann was one of those women who kept a running tab of how many calories she had consumed so far each day. Always dieting, she would cease all eating when she got to 1,600: No more food until the following day. She’d brush her teeth and silently repeat, “You’re done,” even as she kept thinking about food.
With eating disorders on the rise, here’s how parents can help.
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Lenny Kramer had never seen his eldest daughter in such a state. Rebecca’s face was pale, her features drawn, her palms discolored in an orangey hue. Rebecca had left her Long Island home three months before for a year of study in Israel, and during the interim she’d shed so many pounds that friends alerted her father: Rebecca may be bulimic.
A gene mutation identified as the most frequent cause of Parkinson’s disease and a major cause of the disease among Ashkenazi Jews also carries a risk of cancer in the Ashkenazi population, researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center have found. According to a report in “Movement Disorders,” carriers of the LRRK2 G2019S mutation were almost three times as likely as non-carriers to develop non-skin cancers.