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It’s Never Too Late For a Bar Mitzvah

When Matthew Jurgens was a toddler, his mother’s dying wish for was for him to become a bar mitzvah. Now 31, he’s fulfilled it with the help of a special rabbi.

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Cancer, As We Know It

Our coverage of the illness is raw, inspiring, scientific, sad, historical, and familial. Have a look.

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Facing Death

‘I don’t believe in you, “salvation,” I never have and I never will. And very soon I won’t even be.’

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The Jewish Lessons We Can Learn From a 10-year-old With Cancer

Maya Rigler beat cancer once; now she’s fighting again and raising money for research

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‘There is No Time for Anything Inessential’

Oliver Sacks’ deeply moving essay about having terminal cancer

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Israel Story, Episode 6: No valentines, just a fatwa, a shidduch, some tears, and some laughter

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A Son’s Song For His Mother

A moving tribute during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Study Yields Sobering Results for Jewish Women

All Ashkenazic women may carry genetic mutation linked to breast cancer

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Camp Offers Sick Jewish Children—and Their Families—a Vacation From Illness

For two weeks at Camp Simcha every summer, campers aren’t kids with cancer or kids with cerebral palsy. They’re just kids.

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Rabbis Shave Their Heads For Cancer Research

More than 70 reform rabbis to participate in pediatric cancer fundraiser

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Breast Cancer Survivor Michelle Arbel Helps Other Survivors Feel Whole Again

The Israeli entrepreneur’s prosthetic nipples allow women to regain confidence in their appearance and avoid additional surgery

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Watch: Jewish Teen With Brain Cancer’s Wish Comes True

16-year-old Olivia Wise records moving cover of ‘Roar,’ Katy Perry responds

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‘But Mommy, Am I Going To Get Breast Cancer Too When I Grow Up?’

I wanted to avoid putting my children through what I’d been through as my mother and grandmother struggled with the disease

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How Praying Together Can Offer Hope—Even When Prayers Aren’t Answered

Every night, I took part in a prayer group to help a sick child and her family. But I’m the one who ended up transformed.

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Why Are So Many Jewish Parents Opting Not To Vaccinate Their Kids for HPV?

Concerns grow about the shot’s efficacy, despite promising results. Maybe we’re more worried about our daughters’ sexuality.

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What The Gene Patent Ruling Means for Jews

Supreme Court decision will make BRCA mutation testing more accessible

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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.

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Kaddish With a Dead Celebrity

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

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Brought Together by Cancer

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

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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

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In Memoriam, David Rakoff (1964-2012)

Remembering a brilliant, generous friend

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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

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A Declaration of Dependence

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

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Diagnosis Is Not Death

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

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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

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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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Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, but in Israel cancer patients have appropriated the tradition to celebrate beating the disease

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Sad Sack

I’ve always had a frosty relationship with my testicles. Last month I turned 41, and now I’m convinced that they’re more trouble than they’re worth.

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Remembered

In Departures, half-forgotten poet-critic Paul Zweig—who died in 1984 at the age of 49—recalls the decade he spent in Paris on the run from and in search of his Jewish self