Rabbi Yael Ridberg is the spiritual leader of Congregation Dor Hadash, in San Diego. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Ridberg serves on the Boards of Jewish Family Service of San Diego, and the San Diego Jewish Academy. She has written for Huffington Post and Times of Israel, and writes a weekly column called Torah Talk: Weekly Wisdom from the Parasha. Rabbi Ridberg lives in La Jolla with her husband and four daughters.
In the last year, three women I knew died of breast cancer. Each of them was diagnosed in the last 15 years, overlapping with my own diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer and recurrence. It has…been difficult to wrap my brain around the truth, and the enormous blessing, that I am still here. I really have no idea why I am and they are not. I was diagnosed on August 8, 2003 and the seven months that followed were a whirlwind of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Today, 12 years later,… >> Read More