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Medical students and their faith - being a Jewish medic

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 01 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:0210384
  1. Zoe Apple, preregistration house officer1
  1. 1Manchester

Medicine affects the whole of our lives. In this series, Zoë Apple, Helen Barratt, Samena Chaudhry, and Sumita Kini share what it means to them to be a medic and how their beliefs affect their lives

Like most people, I was born into my religion and was brought up taking it for granted. At school I was able to explain the basics of it to my friends in a simple manner. I am Jewish because my mummy and daddy are Jewish. No, we don't celebrate Christmas, but we have different festivals, even our own New Year. Yes it would be lovely to have tea at your house, but will you make sure that your mummy doesn't cook pork, bacon, or ham, please.

As I have got older I have learnt more and more about being Jewish. To me, it is far more than festivals and laws; it is a cultural identity, something that I share with Jewish people around the world. We have Jewish foods, Jewish jokes, Jewish ways of looking at things, and Jewish values, with their emphasis on the importance of the family and of …

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