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Spirituality and Meaning

The succa as a big tent

The succa is also not a tent, yet the meaning, I think, ideally embodies the spirit of that to which American politicians refer as a “big tent"

There’s still one place uniting Israelis and Palestinians: cancer’s waiting room

On Shavuot, the Book of Ruth Offers Doctors a Prescription for Compassion

Medical professionals could learn a lot from the biblical character, whose kindness initiated a chain of merciful acts

Breaking Good

Giving bad news isn’t easy. In medicine, it can be a make-or-break process in the evolution of patient-physician relationships. But as Prof. Ben Corn learned recently, giving good news can be just as difficult and challenging.

Don't just try. Reify!

The path to "hope" is not always simple to navigate. It requires road map with clear goals...I will have almost no chance of achieving my goals if they are ill-defined and amorphous. And that's why I'm so pleased to have stumbled on a useful new... [ More ]

What are your hopes?

Why is it that we resist asking someone who is seriously ill “what are you hopes?”
Instead of seeing this as irrelevant, or even chutzpah, the challenge offers a path to discover hope in the darkest places…

Coping strategies for existencial and spiritual suffering in Israeli patients with advanced cancer

Coping with existential and spiritual concerns is inescapable in end-of-life care although not enough is knownabout the strategies and mechanisms involved. This pilot study focused on identifying the strategies for copingwith existential and spiritual... [ More ]

The pope is forcing us to redefine ugliness

Hanugiving and Thanksgivukkah: A meaningful message

If you are a product of the Jewish and American cultures, then certainly by now you have been inundated by factoids regarding the intersection of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Certification awarded to first 'spiritual care provider' group


American olim create spiritual approach to dealing with illness

Israelis have a reputation for being frank and direct – dugri, in local parlance. But when it comes to death and dying or dealing with chronic illness, many Israelis have as much trouble dealing with it as people in any other part of the world.

Doctor brings comfort to the terminally ill


Perspectives: Turning a blind eye on the evil ophthalmologist?

I propose that a global effort be mounted immediately to strip Bashar Assad of his status as a physician.

My Grandfather Collected Etrogs—To Be Passed Down to Future Generations

More than an ephemeral part of Sukkot observance, the fruit also symbolizes the commitment of one generation to the next

Perspectives: Unexpected Twists From the Oklahoma Tornado


Life and Death Decisions:“Irrelevant”… ?

Despite the outstanding level of technical care available to Israeli citizens, there are tremendous barriers erected in the paths of those who seek emotional and spiritual support. It is still unusual to find a modern Israeli hospital that offers... [ More ]

Temporize your Temper


Procrastinate Now!

Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie

Milestones are Gems worth Polishing

What I Will and Will Not Miss

A letter to Angelina Jolie

An open letter from the founder of Life's Door, at the Institute of Radiotherapy, Tel Aviv Medical Center.

Hats off to the Insecure!

My Melanoma Scare: Seven Days Later

Sometimes doctors should just shut up

This is part of a series titled “Endoscope: An insider’s look at medicine,” where Dr. Corn will reflect and critique overlooked, controversial aspects of the medical system.

Study Examines Spiritual Support For Patients With Advanced Cancer

My Melanoma?

There's No Perfect Cure for Perfectionism

Culpability Vs. Responsibility: A Lesson from the Boston Marathon

What Ever Happened to Grace?

The Gift of Charisma

Prof. Ben Corn discusses how charisma is tightly bound with relating to the other.

Uncovering your Inner Child: A Passover Game for Grown-Ups

Prof. Ben Corn looks at the self's inner child in context of the Haggadah

Jerusalem Post: Tishkofet's Gala Dinner a Smashing Success

This Jerusalem Post article relates the highlights of Tishkofet's annual dinner,where 750 diners and donors enjoyed an evening of topnotch fare and festivities.

Renewal: Springtime's Transcendence

Professor Ben Corn reflects on renewal.

In remembrance: Stan the Man, Dr. Wasserman and everyman

Professor Ben Corn recalls memories of two important figures he met in St. Louis.

Rediscovering Exhiliration

Prof. Ben Corn discusses exhilaration and its connection with profound strength.

What Gives You Strength?

Prof. Ben Corn reflects on some of the things that give him strength.

What Are Your Strengths?

Prof. Ben Corn discusses the meaning of our strengths and weaknesses.

Fountain of Youth?

Professor Ben Corn shows us how to embrace our age.

Speaking about Speech

Professor Ben Corn reflects on the meanings which the capacity of speech gives us.

The Power of Memory, Memories and Forgetfulness

Professor Ben Corn discusses the various meanings memory has in our lives.

Best Of The Week

Professor Ben Corn shares his favorite tool for recognizing goodness.

Recognizing Goodness: The Tools We Need

Professor Ben Corn demonstrated ways in which to recognize goodness in life.

Recognizing Goodness: The Theory

Professor Ben Corn talks about the concept of recognizing goodness, and its value in daily life.

The five most influential people in your life

Professor Ben Corn talks about the five people who've influenced his life the most.

Timeline

Professor Ben Corn discusses how to successfully contemplate the value of time and understand one's own choices and mortality.

Can preparation make death less daunting?

Professor Ben Corn relates to Dr. Mordechai Shtalrid's decision to end the life of his terminally-ill daughter - followed by his own suicide. He discusses an approach to preparing for death that includes autonomy, religiousness and spirituality

Listening

Professor Ben Corn talks about the importance of medical professionals developing the fundamental capacity to listen to their patients.

Learning to Lose

Professor Ben Corn discusses the challenges and potential growth opportunities in learning how to cope with loss.

Regret, Re-set and Despair: The Seder and Shivah for Cousin Benj

Professor Ben Corn remembers his late cousin's best qualities and his own attempts to mimic them.

Winning the Revolution by Retreating

Professor Ben Corn discusses the significance of pausing in our daily lives to notice and appreciate the things that really are important.

Cancer of The Heart

It Takes Onions to Examine Our Core Values

. Professor Ben Corn uses the metaphor of a multi-layered onion to explore what truly defines the self.

Success as a human being: The concept of a mensch

Professor Ben Corn explores the definition of what it means to be a successful human being, through an analysis of the word "mensch"

The concept of death terror

Professor Ben Corn introduces the concepts of "death anxiety" and "death terror."

Of hurricanes and illness: Coming to terms with lack of control

Professor Ben Corn shares his experiences during Hurricane Sandy and compares the hurricane experience to managing an illness.

Why Tishkofet was Founded [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses what prompted the founding of Tishkofet.

Doctor's Orders: Sing this Song

Singing is a potent therapeutic tool—that’s why I started leading a weekly sing-along for cancer patients

Suicide in the shadow of cancer: Adi Talmor [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses the tragedy of Galei Tsahal radio personality Adi Talmor's suicide on a Channel 2 television program. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Talks About Coming to Terms with Death [Hebrew]

In this Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses coming to terms with death, and how he approaches this sensitive issue at Tishkofet.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Discusses Saying Goodbye

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End of Life

Death-with-dignity option for the terminally ill

Death with dignity requires that a dying person who is mentally capable of making this decision to personally request, obtain and self-administer the medications that will bring about a peaceful death.

Meaningful conversations are never futile

By reflecting on some simple questions with loved ones regarding priorities during life and at life’s end, clear goals can be established and uncertainty as well as regret can be minimized

Coping strategies for existencial and spiritual suffering in Israeli patients with advanced cancer

Coping with existential and spiritual concerns is inescapable in end-of-life care although not enough is knownabout the strategies and mechanisms involved. This pilot study focused on identifying the strategies for copingwith existential and spiritual... [ More ]

Perspectives: Unexpected Twists From the Oklahoma Tornado


Temporize your Temper


Procrastinate Now!

Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie

Milestones are Gems worth Polishing

What I Will and Will Not Miss

Hats off to the Insecure!

My Melanoma Scare: Seven Days Later

Study Examines Spiritual Support For Patients With Advanced Cancer

My Melanoma?

Prepare for a Good End of Life

Judy MacDonald Johnston speaks at TED on the subject:
Prepare for a Good End of Life.

There's No Perfect Cure for Perfectionism

Culpability Vs. Responsibility: A Lesson from the Boston Marathon

What Ever Happened to Grace?

The Gift of Charisma

Prof. Ben Corn discusses how charisma is tightly bound with relating to the other.

Uncovering your Inner Child: A Passover Game for Grown-Ups

Prof. Ben Corn looks at the self's inner child in context of the Haggadah

Renewal: Springtime's Transcendence

Professor Ben Corn reflects on renewal.

In remembrance: Stan the Man, Dr. Wasserman and everyman

Professor Ben Corn recalls memories of two important figures he met in St. Louis.

Rediscovering Exhiliration

Prof. Ben Corn discusses exhilaration and its connection with profound strength.

Why doctors don’t attend their patients’ funerals

Professor Ben Corn reflects on physicians' approach to death.

What Gives You Strength?

Prof. Ben Corn reflects on some of the things that give him strength.

To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death

Book review of a new publication about the grief and pain associated with the death of a child. The book includes parents' personal accounts and writings about Judaism's approach to the parents' sufffering.

What Are Your Strengths?

Prof. Ben Corn discusses the meaning of our strengths and weaknesses.

Fountain of Youth?

Professor Ben Corn shows us how to embrace our age.

Speaking about Speech

Professor Ben Corn reflects on the meanings which the capacity of speech gives us.

LA Times: Quiet Deaths Don't Come Easy

A study finds that Medicare patients near death are increasingly choosing hospice or palliative care over heroic measures in their last days — but that many go through futile hospitalizations and treatments first.

The Power of Memory, Memories and Forgetfulness

Professor Ben Corn discusses the various meanings memory has in our lives.

Best Of The Week

Professor Ben Corn shares his favorite tool for recognizing goodness.

Recognizing Goodness: The Tools We Need

Professor Ben Corn demonstrated ways in which to recognize goodness in life.

Recognizing Goodness: The Theory

Professor Ben Corn talks about the concept of recognizing goodness, and its value in daily life.

The five most influential people in your life

Professor Ben Corn talks about the five people who've influenced his life the most.

Timeline

Professor Ben Corn discusses how to successfully contemplate the value of time and understand one's own choices and mortality.

Can preparation make death less daunting?

Professor Ben Corn relates to Dr. Mordechai Shtalrid's decision to end the life of his terminally-ill daughter - followed by his own suicide. He discusses an approach to preparing for death that includes autonomy, religiousness and spirituality

Listening

Professor Ben Corn talks about the importance of medical professionals developing the fundamental capacity to listen to their patients.

Learning to Lose

Professor Ben Corn discusses the challenges and potential growth opportunities in learning how to cope with loss.

Regret, Re-set and Despair: The Seder and Shivah for Cousin Benj

Professor Ben Corn remembers his late cousin's best qualities and his own attempts to mimic them.

Winning the Revolution by Retreating

Professor Ben Corn discusses the significance of pausing in our daily lives to notice and appreciate the things that really are important.

It Takes Onions to Examine Our Core Values

. Professor Ben Corn uses the metaphor of a multi-layered onion to explore what truly defines the self.

Success as a human being: The concept of a mensch

Professor Ben Corn explores the definition of what it means to be a successful human being, through an analysis of the word "mensch"

The concept of death terror

Professor Ben Corn introduces the concepts of "death anxiety" and "death terror."

Of hurricanes and illness: Coming to terms with lack of control

Professor Ben Corn shares his experiences during Hurricane Sandy and compares the hurricane experience to managing an illness.

Why Tishkofet was Founded [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses what prompted the founding of Tishkofet.

Suicide in the shadow of cancer: Adi Talmor [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses the tragedy of Galei Tsahal radio personality Adi Talmor's suicide on a Channel 2 television program. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Suicide in the shadow of cancer: Adi Talmor [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses the tragedy of Galei Tsahal radio personality Adi Talmor's suicide in a radio interview. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death

This pamphlet provides guidance for parents coping with miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death, and for friends who are trying to provide support.

"Quality of Life and Palliative Care" [ Hebrew ]

This booklet provides guidance for families coping with caring for a seriously ill family member at home.

Mishpacha Magazine: Caring for a Spouse with a Terminal Illness

Caring for a spouse with a terminal illness provides a unique set of challenges. This article, published in Mishpacha magazine, describes the stories of several individuals caring for family members with cancer.

Video Interview with Professor Ben Corn [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses Tishkofet on Channel 2's Sod Hachaim Hatovim [Hebrew].

Yediot Aharonot: Responding to Terminal Illness − Meira Rimer Makes Aliyah [ Hebrew ]

This Yediot Aharonot article describes how Meira Rimer used her remaining time to bring her family on Aliyah, and how she left letters for her young daughter to read after her death.

A Good Death [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

In a Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses Galei Tsahal personality Adi Talmor's suicide. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Maariv: Adi Talmor's Suicide While Battling Cancer [ Hebrew ]

A Maariv article discusses Galei Tsahal personality Adi Talmor's suicide. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

The Last Documented Interview with Adi Talmor [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

This documentation is the last appearance of Galei Tsahal personality Adi Talmor, who committed suicide. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Radio Interview with Professor Ben Corn after Adi Talmor's Death [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn participates in a radio interview on the show Osim Tsaharayim, in which he discusses Galei Tsahal personality Adi Talmor's tragic suicide.

Makor Rishon: Spiritual Support for Individuals with a Terminal Illness [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

A Makor Rishon article about providing spiritual support and guidance for friends or relatives suffering from illness.

Arutz Sheva: An Introduction to the Work of Tishkofet

An introduction to Tishkofet's approach to terminal illness and providing support for friends or relatives who are suffering.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Talks About Eulogizing Loved Ones Before They Die [ Hebrew ]

A Haaretz editorial about sharing a eulogy with a close friend or family member before he or she passes away.

Jerusalem Post: Professor Ben Corn Talks About Mitch Albom's Works

A Jerusalem Post article about Mitch Albom's visit to Israel and the importance of his writings.

Radio Show with Professor Ben Corn about Dealing with Disease

This Rusty Mike Radio interview is an opportunity for Professor Ben Corn to talk about how to provide support for individuals dealing with life-threatening illness.

Do Oncologists Engage in Bereavement Practices?

This is a scientific study that was published in The Oncologist, for professionals who works with individuals with terminal illness.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Talks About Coming to Terms with Death [Hebrew]

In this Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses coming to terms with death, and how he approaches this sensitive issue at Tishkofet.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Talks About a Different Perspective on Life [ Hebrew ]

In this Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses accepting imperfection and valuing life.

Yediot Aharonot: Spiritual Responses to Terminal Illness [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

Yediot Aharonot explores what it means to provide spiritual support to an individual with a terminal illness.

Torah Reflections About Death and Loss

Phyllis Dvora Corn of Tishhkofet shares her understandings of death and loss based on the biblical stories of the deaths of Moses and Miriam.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Discusses Preparing for Death

In this Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses dealing with terminal illness and preparing for death.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Discusses Saying Goodbye

Jerusalem Post: An Introduction to the Importance of Tishkofet's Work

The Emergence of Spiritual Care Training and Practice in Israel

This is a scientific study that was published for professionals who works with individuals with terminal illness, and discusses the importance of spiritual support during times of illness.

Why Don't You Just Take a Gun and Shoot Me [ Hebrew ]

This article for healthcare professionals discusses the challenges doctors face in working with terminally ill patients.

Jerusalem Post: Considering One's Own Death

This Jerusalem Post article discusses the work done by Tishkofet and the importance of preparing for death.

Jerusalem Post: How to Create a Living Will

This Jerusalem Post article discusses the legal and practical steps involved in creating a living will.

Jewish Week: Development of Spiritual Care for the Ill in Israel

This article discusses the introduction of spiritual support for the terminally ill into Israel hospitals and society.

New York Times: What Should Doctors Tell Terminally Ill Patients?

This New York Times article for healthcare professionals discusses some of the difficulties faced by doctors in treating terminally ill patients.

New York Times: The Experiences of Hospice Patients and their Carers

This New York Times article discusses the experience of hospice care.

Ynet: Opting for Hospice Care [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

Ynet introduces the concept of hospice care and why it is the right choice for many individuals who are terminally ill, and their families

Counseling the Terminally Ill Patient

A professional guide for communal rabbis and other community leaders in providing support for individuals with terminal illness.

New York Times: Facing Up to the Inevitable, In Search of a Good Death

This New York Times article discusses important factors in quality care at the end of life, what can be expected close to death, and how doctors cope with providing support in this difficult time.
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Professional Resources

An oncologist’s argument for funding your own cancer research

On Shavuot, the Book of Ruth Offers Doctors a Prescription for Compassion

Medical professionals could learn a lot from the biblical character, whose kindness initiated a chain of merciful acts

Breaking Good

Giving bad news isn’t easy. In medicine, it can be a make-or-break process in the evolution of patient-physician relationships. But as Prof. Ben Corn learned recently, giving good news can be just as difficult and challenging.

Holocaust film ‘Numbered’ reminds us how much people count


Communicating with patients: A dying art


Counting the Days, Up or Down

Medical paternalism: who knows best?

Hospitalize & Hospitality [ Hebrew ]

A Good Death [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

In a Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses Galei Tsahal personality Adi Talmor's suicide. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Makor Rishon: Spiritual Support for Individuals with a Terminal Illness [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

A Makor Rishon article about providing spiritual support and guidance for friends or relatives suffering from illness.

Do Oncologists Engage in Bereavement Practices?

This is a scientific study that was published in The Oncologist, for professionals who works with individuals with terminal illness.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Talks About a Different Perspective on Life [ Hebrew ]

In this Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses accepting imperfection and valuing life.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Discusses Preparing for Death

In this Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses dealing with terminal illness and preparing for death.

Jerusalem Post: An Introduction to the Importance of Tishkofet's Work

The Emergence of Spiritual Care Training and Practice in Israel

This is a scientific study that was published for professionals who works with individuals with terminal illness, and discusses the importance of spiritual support during times of illness.

Jerusalem Post: Partners Caring for Spouses with Cancer More Likely to Suffer Depression

This Jerusalem Post article reports on a study carried out by Hadassah University Medical Center which documents the psychological and physical toll spouse caregivers experience.

Why Don't You Just Take a Gun and Shoot Me [ Hebrew ]

This article for healthcare professionals discusses the challenges doctors face in working with terminally ill patients.

Jerusalem Post: How to Create a Living Will

This Jerusalem Post article discusses the legal and practical steps involved in creating a living will.

Jewish Week: Development of Spiritual Care for the Ill in Israel

This article discusses the introduction of spiritual support for the terminally ill into Israel hospitals and society.

New York Times: What Should Doctors Tell Terminally Ill Patients?

This New York Times article for healthcare professionals discusses some of the difficulties faced by doctors in treating terminally ill patients.

Ynet: Opting for Hospice Care [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

Ynet introduces the concept of hospice care and why it is the right choice for many individuals who are terminally ill, and their families

Counseling the Terminally Ill Patient

A professional guide for communal rabbis and other community leaders in providing support for individuals with terminal illness.
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Illness and Family

There’s still one place uniting Israelis and Palestinians: cancer’s waiting room

Tishkofet adopts US campaign to teach family members how to say goodbye

"The Conversation Project" by journalist Ellen Goodman to be promoted by NGO that counsels patients and their families

Life’s Door Encourages Hope and Growth in Israel and Beyond

A gala event celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Life’s Door-Tishkofet (LDT), a leading Israeli organization encouraging hope and growth in times of serious illness, also marks the launching of its partnership with “The Conversation Project,”... [ More ]

Coping strategies for existencial and spiritual suffering in Israeli patients with advanced cancer

Coping with existential and spiritual concerns is inescapable in end-of-life care although not enough is knownabout the strategies and mechanisms involved. This pilot study focused on identifying the strategies for copingwith existential and spiritual... [ More ]

In Israel, a Push to Screen for Cancer Gene Leaves Many Conflicted

The pope is forcing us to redefine ugliness

When a friend is sick

American olim create spiritual approach to dealing with illness

Israelis have a reputation for being frank and direct – dugri, in local parlance. But when it comes to death and dying or dealing with chronic illness, many Israelis have as much trouble dealing with it as people in any other part of the world.

My Grandfather Collected Etrogs—To Be Passed Down to Future Generations

More than an ephemeral part of Sukkot observance, the fruit also symbolizes the commitment of one generation to the next

Perspectives: DSM-5 and Fallacy of Biblical Analogy

No matter what we choose as our bible, our “clinical canon” – including DSM-5 and CSM-7 – will never match that divine text for us.

A letter to Angelina Jolie

An open letter from the founder of Life's Door, at the Institute of Radiotherapy, Tel Aviv Medical Center.

PERSPECTIVES: The gift of charisma

What  is charisma? Some have characterized the quality as “personal magic,” and “magnetic appeal.”  Precise meaning may be difficult to pin down perhaps because charisma has many manifestations and the audience, many perspectives. ... [ More ]

Father and daughter have cancer - not giving up on the marathon [ Hebrew ]

The irony of Iron Dome

The time we spend trying to satisfy our craving for data may cost us our opportunity to benefit from help.

Cancer of The Heart

Why Tishkofet was Founded [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses what prompted the founding of Tishkofet.

Doctor's Orders: Sing this Song

Singing is a potent therapeutic tool—that’s why I started leading a weekly sing-along for cancer patients

Holocaust film ‘Numbered’ reminds us how much people count


Suicide in the shadow of cancer: Adi Talmor [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses the tragedy of Galei Tsahal radio personality Adi Talmor's suicide on a Channel 2 television program. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Suicide in the shadow of cancer: Adi Talmor [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses the tragedy of Galei Tsahal radio personality Adi Talmor's suicide in a radio interview. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

A Declaration of Dependence

Americans celebrate independence, but dependence can also be essential, especially in difficult times.

Communicating with patients: A dying art


"Quality of Life and Palliative Care" [ Hebrew ]

This booklet provides guidance for families coping with caring for a seriously ill family member at home.

Counting the Days, Up or Down

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, but in Israel cancer patients have appropriated the tradition to celebrate beating the disease

Mishpacha Magazine: Caring for a Spouse with a Terminal Illness

Caring for a spouse with a terminal illness provides a unique set of challenges. This article, published in Mishpacha magazine, describes the stories of several individuals caring for family members with cancer.

Hospitalize & Hospitality [ Hebrew ]

Video Interview with Professor Ben Corn [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn discusses Tishkofet on Channel 2's Sod Hachaim Hatovim [Hebrew].

Yediot Aharonot: Responding to Terminal Illness − Meira Rimer Makes Aliyah [ Hebrew ]

This Yediot Aharonot article describes how Meira Rimer used her remaining time to bring her family on Aliyah, and how she left letters for her young daughter to read after her death.

A Good Death [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

In a Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses Galei Tsahal personality Adi Talmor's suicide. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Maariv: Adi Talmor's Suicide While Battling Cancer [ Hebrew ]

A Maariv article discusses Galei Tsahal personality Adi Talmor's suicide. Adi was battling cancer when he decided to take his own life.

Radio Interview with Professor Ben Corn after Adi Talmor's Death [ Hebrew ]

Professor Ben Corn participates in a radio interview on the show Osim Tsaharayim, in which he discusses Galei Tsahal personality Adi Talmor's tragic suicide.

Makor Rishon: Spiritual Support for Individuals with a Terminal Illness [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

A Makor Rishon article about providing spiritual support and guidance for friends or relatives suffering from illness.

Arutz Sheva: An Introduction to the Work of Tishkofet

An introduction to Tishkofet's approach to terminal illness and providing support for friends or relatives who are suffering.

Haaretz: Tishkofet Helps People Cope with Terminal or Life-Altering Illnesses

This Haaretz article describes how the Corns established Tishkofet to serve the spiritual, emotional and interpersonal needs of patients facing serious diseases.

Radio Show with Professor Ben Corn about Dealing with Disease

This Rusty Mike Radio interview is an opportunity for Professor Ben Corn to talk about how to provide support for individuals dealing with life-threatening illness.

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Talks About a Different Perspective on Life [ Hebrew ]

In this Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses accepting imperfection and valuing life.

Jerusalem Post: Tishkofet Co-sponsors Walk to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

This Jerusalem Post article discusses Tishkofet's involvement in a Sharon area breast cancer walk, and highlights the need for increased knowledge about breast cancer among the Israeli public.

"Doc, Should I Fast?"

Yediot Aharonot: Spiritual Responses to Terminal Illness [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

Yediot Aharonot explores what it means to provide spiritual support to an individual with a terminal illness.

When Cancer Comes: Step-by-step Guide [ Hebrew ]

Haaretz: Professor Ben Corn Discusses Preparing for Death

In this Haaretz editorial, Professor Ben Corn discusses dealing with terminal illness and preparing for death.

Jerusalem Post: An Introduction to the Importance of Tishkofet's Work

The Emergence of Spiritual Care Training and Practice in Israel

This is a scientific study that was published for professionals who works with individuals with terminal illness, and discusses the importance of spiritual support during times of illness.

Jerusalem Post: Partners Caring for Spouses with Cancer More Likely to Suffer Depression

This Jerusalem Post article reports on a study carried out by Hadassah University Medical Center which documents the psychological and physical toll spouse caregivers experience.

Jerusalem Post: Considering One's Own Death

This Jerusalem Post article discusses the work done by Tishkofet and the importance of preparing for death.

Jewish Week: Development of Spiritual Care for the Ill in Israel

This article discusses the introduction of spiritual support for the terminally ill into Israel hospitals and society.

New York Times: What Should Doctors Tell Terminally Ill Patients?

This New York Times article for healthcare professionals discusses some of the difficulties faced by doctors in treating terminally ill patients.

Ynet: Opting for Hospice Care [Hebrew] [ Hebrew ]

Ynet introduces the concept of hospice care and why it is the right choice for many individuals who are terminally ill, and their families

Counseling the Terminally Ill Patient

A professional guide for communal rabbis and other community leaders in providing support for individuals with terminal illness.

Interview With Prof. Ben Corn [ Hebrew ]

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Loss and grief

Death-with-dignity option for the terminally ill

Death with dignity requires that a dying person who is mentally capable of making this decision to personally request, obtain and self-administer the medications that will bring about a peaceful death.

Doctor brings comfort to the terminally ill


Why doctors don’t attend their patients’ funerals

Professor Ben Corn reflects on physicians' approach to death.

Boston Globe: Grief is an Individual Experience

This Boston Globe article explains that grief is unpredictable and variable, and experienced in a unique manner by each individual.

Can preparation make death less daunting?

Professor Ben Corn relates to Dr. Mordechai Shtalrid's decision to end the life of his terminally-ill daughter - followed by his own suicide. He discusses an approach to preparing for death that includes autonomy, religiousness and spirituality
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Easing the pain, just by giving the power to cope.

Help Support Our Patients


"Partners for Life" Retreat


Art Workshop


Group