A BRCA Conversation for Shabbat
During Shabbat gatherings, women are the first to usher in the Shabbat by lighting candles and saying the blessing. After reciting the Kiddush, two loaves of challah are blessed as symbolic of the double portion of manna supplied to the Israelites for Shabbat in the wilderness and of the two-fold commandment ~ “Remember and observe the Sabbath.”
Tonight, we place a BRCA Branch on our challah plate to represent the importance of each family’s medical history tree. Certain gene changes called hereditary mutations can cause cancers to run in families. Hereditary cancer risk can be passed down from the mother or the father to daughters or sons. Knowledge gives us the opportunity to consider options, to make informed decisions and ultimately, to save lives.