Discover Rosh Hashanah: The Human Touch by Dr. Jackie Yaris

"The Human Touch" by Dr. Jackie Yaris is all about compassion and self-awareness. Dr. Jackie Yaris reflects on Rosh Hashanah about how some in her medical industry become dehumanized in their professional life. She witnesses her peers putting up a wall with patients and not caring as much as they should, mainly because they don't want to get emotionally attached. Dr. Jackie Yaris does not want to be this way, she wants to be "human" in her career and have compassion for everyone around her. She will do as much as possible for any of her patients, simply because she really cares about each and every one of them. At the end of the article, she finally finds Dr. Rosen's compassion. He was able to take down the wall when his sister passed away. Although it was a sad time in his life, Dr. Yaris was able to see him in a "human" form, rather than his normal robot-like way. I enjoyed reading this story because I too can relate to becoming "unattached" to things in life. I find myself constantly putting up walls and not experiencing life to the fullest. This story reminds me to always be compassionate. When I was a young girl, religion was not important to me. I was irritated at the thought of going to Hebrew school, did not want to be forced to become a Bat Mitzvah, and definitely did not like to advertise that I was Jewish. After years went by and I met my husband who was more religious than myself, it became important for me to embrace who I am and where I come from. I took down my guarded wall and now celebrate all aspects of myself, especially religion. I learn new things every day and I am so excited to finally be able to go to Israel for my first time. At first, I was similar to the surgeon, I was guarded and not myself, and now I have become compassionate and embrace who I am.

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Brooke Forrester
Israel Recharge '16

Points Earned: 8