Julie Salamon is the author of HOSPITAL: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity, a book about Maimonides Hospital in Borough Park, Brooklyn.
Julie was a reporter and the film critic for The Wall Street Journal for many years and then a culture writer on the staff of the New York Times.
Maimonides Hospital is named for the 12th century Jewish philosopher and teacher, who is also known as Rambam.
One of Julie's books explores our culture of giving in the context of Rambam's teachings and meditations about generosity.
Hospital is Julie's seventh book and, on the face of it, each of them is very different from the other. Despite the variety of their themes however, she says everything she has written reflects her abiding interest in how human beings are able to maintain their humanity in the face of the most challenging of circumstances.
I found myself thinking about this hospital in the pauses between reading the book. Now, a month after I finished reading it, Maimonides remains vivid and alive for me: I can see the place and the people very clearly, even though I've never been there!