Merissa Nathan Gerson


Shabbat Dinner at the Chinese Herbalist's Home

By Merissa Nathan Gerson

Shabbat Dinner at the Chinese Herbalist's Home
The kitchen walls are coated, floor to ceiling, in tiny bags of Chinese herbs, their Chinese names transliterated beneath them. In the living room the art is simple — charts of the body, the channels and meridians for acupuncture. There are enough couches to seat a family of fifteen. You don’t expect Chabadnicks to become acupuncturists. Not usually. But this is Berkeley.Read More


Delving Into Jewish Roots for Source of Her Epilepsy

By Merissa Nathan Gerson

Delving Into Jewish Roots for Source of Her Epilepsy
At age 7, Merissa Nathan Gerson was diagnosed with a rare motor seizure disorder. She delved into her family history to understand it in a Jewish context.Read More



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