(RNS) — As I looked through my emails to find the one containing the recipe for Grammommy Rose’s latkes, I said a prayer. How fortunate am I that the internet gives me a connection to my history, my namesake, my ancestors and my Uncle Jeff?
Jeffrey Weiss: My Way to the Egress
Jeffrey Weiss writes about beliefs and dying
(RNS) — Should I feel like any experiment is good enough for me? I won’t go that far.
(RNS) — This week, my eight-month MRI came back with bad news: Looks like a recurrence, with a tumor the size of a big grape.
(RNS) — Damifino what the best advice should be. But I can hope some of my suggestions may make some of the world a little bit better even when I’m gone.
(RNS) — For a political hack to try to spittle him out of his work? It’s frankly astounding.
(RNS) — 'I hope that his experiences are public enough that it helps many people understand this awful illness,' writes Jeffrey Weiss.
(RNS) — The sudden probability that I might have to put down my pet dog has become the most unambiguous bad possible event in my life.
(RNS) Stuck with “to be” means stuck with however much suffering there will be until the unavoidable end. Having the choice means you get to decide how much suffering will be acceptable.
(RNS) I know just enough to understand that it’s sometimes used with a wry grin more than a devout nod: Yeah, sure. I’ll get all over that if the Almighty sets that up. Right. Ubetcha. Maybe.
(RNS) My brain was damned near on hold. And one acquaintance gave me a copy of a spiritual book I’d never heard of: The Penguin Classic edition of Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
(RNS) For just about the rest of my life, I’m likely to never have a bare head in public.
(RNS) My decision is a bit in keeping with Jewish traditional teachings about what to do with bodies. And some not in such keeping. Which, given my basic attitude as a Jewish agnostic, probably is consistent.
(RNS) I like thinking that there may be a Higher Justification for me trying to continue to accomplish some things that will be considered good when I’m gone.
(RNS) Nobody is immortal. So the fact that I’m happy in my current condition — 'so far, so good' — isn’t really invalid.
(RNS) I’m totally grateful for the support some friends are giving me. But does God care about such prayers?