More substantively, Pogrebin brings both curiosity and candor to her search. During a fast on the first day of January, the 10th of Tevet, marking the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Babylonians, she grabs hold of the larger point of skipping a meal: “Our tradition doesn’t care about whether you’re sated, but about what you do.” This is a day of sacrifice to focus the mind on helping others rather than satisfying ourselves.
You work on a palliative care unit where you have many opportunities to discuss end of life decisions with patients and family members. In a recent team meeting of your unit's providers, the topic of "appropriate" treatment choices for patients at end of life comes up.
In an election year full of paradoxes, young people provide another: Millennials are paying close attention and care about issues, but they don't believe their voices are being heard. As a result, we may be at risk for losing the political engagement of a generation. And we can't afford it.