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.
‘Every day is a gift’
Our coverage of the illness is raw, inspiring, scientific, sad, historical, and familial. Have a look.
‘I don’t believe in you, “salvation,” I never have and I never will. And very soon I won’t even be.’
Maya Rigler beat cancer once; now she’s fighting again and raising money for research
Oliver Sacks’ deeply moving essay about having terminal cancer
Israel Story, Episode 6: No valentines, just a fatwa, a shidduch, some tears, and some laughter
A moving tribute during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
All Ashkenazic women may carry genetic mutation linked to breast cancer
For two weeks at Camp Simcha every summer, campers aren’t kids with cancer or kids with cerebral palsy. They’re just kids.
More than 70 reform rabbis to participate in pediatric cancer fundraiser
The Israeli entrepreneur’s prosthetic nipples allow women to regain confidence in their appearance and avoid additional surgery
16-year-old Olivia Wise records moving cover of ‘Roar,’ Katy Perry responds
I wanted to avoid putting my children through what I’d been through as my mother and grandmother struggled with the disease
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.
Concerns grow about the shot’s efficacy, despite promising results. Maybe we’re more worried about our daughters’ sexuality.
Supreme Court decision will make BRCA mutation testing more accessible
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.
In a cemetery thousands of miles away, an unexpected host helped me reconnect with my lost friend
Israeli and Palestinian breast-cancer survivors build camaraderie as we face a common enemy
Singing is a potent therapeutic tool—that’s why I started leading a weekly sing-along for cancer patients
Remembering a brilliant, generous friend
Cancer, and a year of chemotherapy, gave me a new perspective on Jewish holidays—starting with Tisha B’Av
Americans celebrate independence, but dependence can also be essential, especially in difficult times
Two new memoirs, Memoir of a Debulked Woman and Fierce Joy, offer inspiring models for coping with illness
Cancer patients find a new perspective on the present and the future in the Jewish ritual of counting the Omer
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.
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, but in Israel cancer patients have appropriated the tradition to celebrate beating the disease
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.
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