Dec 16, 2012
By Libby Znaimer
On this edition of the Zoomer Week in Review:
Do religious beliefs trump medical opinions when it comes to end of life decisions? Hassan Rasouli is on life support at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. His family’s Islamic beliefs dictate that he should be kept alive as long as possible. However both his doctors say the efforts are now futile and that keeping him alive is doing more harm than good. Dr. Rodin, head of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre will give us more insight into this conundrum.
Plus, a little known true fact about Christmas music! From Rudolph to Snowmen, Winter Wonderlands to Sleigh Bells – Christmas songs and their imagery have become a significant part of pop culture. But did you know that most of the most popular ones are the work of people who didn’t celebrate Christmas at all? Pianist and music lecturer Jordan Klapman will tell us how the Jews Wrote Christmas!