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The Meaning of Healing and the Healing of Meaning after Cancer

The Meaning of Healing and the Healing of Meaning after Cancer

About the Lecture

Our ancestors had none of our diagnostic tools or treatment strategies. But they understood the dynamics of illness and health, and discovered sources of courage to fight for life. We can share their wisdom and draw from those same sources as patients and loved ones of individuals touched by cancer.  This presentation explores the meaning of healing – locating the personal resources to find life after diagnosis and to find purpose in the midst of disease.  These discussions benefit not just the individual who receives the diagnosis, but their larger community of caregivers, families and extended networks.  Anyone who has experienced a cancer diagnosis whether themselves or someone they know are encouraged to participate in this presentation.


Rabbi Ed Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He serves on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the University of Judaism, the Wexner Heritage Foundation, the Whizen Center for the Jewish Family, and the Synagogue 2000 initiative. He is a columnist for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and is an inspiring lecturer widely across the United States on a variety of topics.. His book, Tough Questions Jews Ask – A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life, published by Jewish Lights in 2003, was one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Books on Religion for Young Readers. In 1993, Rabbi Feinstein was diagnosed with colon cancer. In 1998, the cancer metastasized to his liver.  Rabbi Feinstein enjoys presenting on this topic and raising questions that allow patients and family members to examine how this diagnosis changes their lives, sometimes in positive directions. Even after surgeries and chemotherapy, he still bakes brownies every Friday from a recipe revealed to his family at Mt Sinai.

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