Marc Hirsh MD is an oncologist who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Here he will explore medical, theological, and philosophical issues associated with his journey. Check out


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The Womb and the Tomb

Back in 1951, prior to my birth, I was immersed in the utter darkness of the womb. Dense liquid engulfed me and I spent my time peacefully floating and swimming. My lifeline was a cord that attached me to my mother. Then everything changed. There was a leak. The liquid was draining away. Contractions squeezedContinue reading “The Womb and the Tomb”

Skiing In My Mind

                                               On January seventh I was finally able to go skiing. Perhaps it was global warming which had delayed my winter sport activity. The fact that I could not actually physically ski in December did not prevent me from thinking about skiing. In fact, I read a book about skiing and I imagined skiing. IContinue reading “Skiing In My Mind”


He was the second son of Jewish parents. They were the children of immigrants from Eastern Europe, so called Ashkenazic Jews. When he was young, they left New York City for the suburbs of Westchester County and settled into a Jewish community of upper middle class liberal reformed Jews, mostly professionals. His father served inContinue reading “Testimony”

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