Medical Miracles

Black holes sound very ominous, and they are – even though no human will ever see one. A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can’t escape from it. The gravity, according to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space; this can happen when a star is dying.

Despite extensive research, breast cancer remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in women in the Western world. One case of such a malignancy can be very different from another. Some patients undergo surgery and recover, while other women (and, in one in 100 cases, men) struggle with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy but still have difficulty fighting it because the tumors are resistant to treatment and spread to other organs.

There is a no greater tragedy than when a parent buries his or her child; it’s again the natural course of things. When this results from incurable disease, it is agonizing. But when the death results from an unintentional – and preventable – accident, the tragedy is absolutely heart rending and the cause of great guilt for the rest of the parent’s life, even if not present at the scene of the accident.

The Bible is not shy about discussing unmentionable, unpleasant and embarrassing subjects, even what to do with human excrement. Strict rules of Jewish law address all aspects of everyday life including public sanitation and personal hygiene. These rules are very important in Jewish practices, demanding a high standard of public health required of leaders as well as the individual.