In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the growing challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. He expounds on the subject from the pulpit of a surgeon, author and most importantly, a son. Amy E. Goodman weaves this exploration of aging into a Jewish perspective by invoking the upcoming Parashat Shelach Lecha– with the entire people of Israel on the eastern bank of the Jordan River and poised to enter the land promised to them. She insightfully compares the fear of the unknown and tales of the shlichim of the Negev with the current day harbingers of aging. To read Ms. Goodman’s d’var torah click here.
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