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The story is about the time when Dr. Yaris was a medical student and was doing rotation. The rotation that she discussed was the surgical one. She discussed the nature of surgeons and the surgical field, especially her chief of staff, Dr. Rosen. The attitude of the surgeons and the field in general was a hard one and very desensitized to the patients. It was all about the medical aspect of the profession. There was a patient nicknamed "Yoda" that left an impression. She was an elderly patient from Mexico that had a very calm and almost serene presence. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and which the surgeons responded with wanting to do a Whipple surgery. There was an interaction where the surgeons were examining her and were all focused on the medical side, all wanting the experience of performing the Whipple, while Yoda stood there peacefully. Yoda would die from pancreatic cancer. Dr. Yaris then meets Dr. Rosen three years later at the oncology department at a private hospital. Dr. Rosen's 36 year old sister was there for cervical cancer. She died the next day and discussed with Dr. Yaris how difficult it was to be on the other side of cancer. She later on received information on a required seminar for the medical school she went to called "Morality in Medicine: How to Apply the Human Touch to Surgery." I liked the story because it shows that through our experiences in life we can become desensitized and loose focus on the important things in our lives. The story showed through life experience we do change and can become aware and grow. Sometimes we believe that it is impossible to change, but life and G-d will always give us opportunities to do so. A time where my family experienced real change was when my own father got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had the Whipple procedure. This story really hits home because that was a life changing event for my family. My father was always the one who took care everything and provided for our family. I always looked up to my father as well. Seeing my father battle cancer for 4 years broke my heart and made me feel real loss. I changed because I understand how precious life is and how difficult it is to lose someone you love. It changed my family to the core because we had to live with a family member with a serious disease. At the end my father was not the same person and this really changed me. It made me and my mother stronger and forced us to see what is important in life.

The movie is the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise. Mockingjay Part 2 is the Katniss’s last stand against president Snow and the capitol. The world in which Hunger Games is set is a post-apocalyptic world where the county is divided into districts. The capitol is a the center (politically and economically) of this world. The country is forced to participate in the “Hunger Games” every year where 2 individuals are chosen from each district to fight until there is a survivor. This is a popular and televised event which is a tactic the Capitol imposes for control over the other poorer and more suffering districts. This all changes when Katniss is chosen from district 12 and wins the Hunger Games and ultimately initiates a revolution through the land becoming leader (the face and hope) of the of the people. This movie is the final show down. I have really enjoyed the Hunger Games movies, in part because of the character Katniss. The movie can be seen through a Jewish lens by the imagery through the movie of the poorer districts which can compare to the ghettos of Europe during the WW2, but also with the character Katniss. Katniss as a leader can been seen through a Jewish lens by being compared to all the great modern and historic leaders of the Jewish people. She is complex and doesn’t necessary want to be a leader, through out the movie she struggles with her role. This can be compared to some of the great biblical leaders including Moses, who was reluctant leader but still was able to lead the Jewish people to freedom. In modern times, it is all the leaders of Israel, who always have to make the difficult decisions to uphold and defend Israel. There is always a threat to freedom and the Jewish people there and the leaders can be compared to Katniss because they are making a stand against the oppressors of freedom which would include Hamas.

http://www.livingwithgod.org/virtual-reality-and-torah/ 1. Choose a podcast that interests you from the resources posted below. 2. Listen to the full podcast & include the link to the post. 3. Then, write about the following: o How did this podcast help clarify a topic you've been struggling with? The podcast discussed the Jewish calendar and the months of Adar and Nissan and how they coincide with Purim and Passover respectively. The month of Adar is associated with concealment and Nissan with revelation. Sacks talks about how society could be in a period of Adar in general and that when the mashia? comes it would be Nissan. Sacks also talks about the world was created during Nissan and that it was destroyed before it was created how we know it. This thought could correlate with people and that it takes multiple efforts to succeed and this notion is not an accident. G-d would not do anything by mistake or accident. Everything in our existence from planets to atoms are seemingly exact to exist. He also correlates that we are in the tip of the iceberg in regards to technology so in many ways we are in an Adar. o How can you apply your newfound knowledge to your everyday life? I would apply this concept of it takes multiple efforts to succeed because nothing can come easily in this world without effort and just because the first time something doesn’t happen, one should keep trying. o Would you listen to a podcast by this presenter again? Yes! I enjoyed listening to David Sacks his topics are interesting and he discusses points so that they are easily understandable but at the same time essential and meaningful.

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