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

The story was about the change of a Chief Resident who was originally very detached from the fates of his patients to one that not only cared about the emotional interactions with his patients but became a teacher on the subject. This author contrasts his cold disposition to a woman about to die from cancer to his eventual understanding of the sadness of patients as his own sister passes away from cancer. The story was moving. Often, we can take all the advice of friends and peers, but can't enact real change until we find the perspective to understand what our situation really means. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are about clearing the slate and granting forgiveness to those that have wronged you. Perhaps we're hesitant to give forgiveness because we don't understand the circumstances or point of view of the wrongdoers. As someone that not only has been a student but also a teacher, I have a much deeper appreciation for what it means to teach to a broad group of students. From the student's perspective, it's easy to dismiss the methods or ways of a teacher without fully understanding the audience they must be able to each.

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Justin Lazarow
Tlalim 468 Summer 2016

Points Earned: 6