The Gift Of Giving with Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

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Would you rather live from the heart or live from the intellect? Inspired by stories from her grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kaballah, Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., tells with wit and inspiration of her emergence from a socialistic, atheistic upbringing to a life and medical practice filled with grace, mystery and wonder. Remen is a clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and co-founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. "We may all need to know less and wonder more." Remen conveys how strongly we need to acknowledge our own stories, to understand that life is defined by mystery rather than by science and how we can move from "helping" and "fixing" others to serving others. "In this high tech world we place such value on our skills and on our expertise. But our expertise doesn't make us whole and it doesn't make the world whole either. I think our truth, our goodness, our open-heartedness is much more powerful than our expertise." (hosted by Michael Toms)


She is the author of:

  • Kitchen Table Wisdom (Riverhead Books, 1996)
  • My Grandfather's Blessing: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging (Riverhead Books, 2000)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Honoring your own story and the importance of who you are
  • Embracing mystery and wonder
  • The truth behind "service"
  • Understanding the darkness in order to recognize the gift of light
  • Learn how our blessings matter
  • The courage to speak the truth
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 7/27/2000         Program Number: 2829