About the Author


Judy Gruen

Judy Gruen is the author of several books, including the newly released The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Jewish Action, and many other media outlets. She is also a writing coach and book editor. Read more about her at www.judygruen.com.


Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Mr. Rogers, 50 Years Later

The unlikely media star taught the importance of civility, compassion, and the hard work of being a good human being.

These Biblical Women Are the Ultimate Mother and Daughter-in-Law

It’s not enough for Jews to consider themselves the “Chosen people;” we also need to be the choosing people.

I Feel Pretty: Can Confidence Make a Woman Beautiful?

Amy Schumer’s mediocre film raises important issues about self-esteem and beauty.

What’s Really Wrong with the Insulting “Jewish Man’s Rebellion” Essay

Don’t minimize the inherent difficulties in inter-faith marriage.

A Bag of Marbles: A New Holocaust Film Worth Seeing

The true story of French Jewish brothers fighting for survival during WWII.

Invite These Five Women to Your Seder

Women who played a pivotal role in Exodus story.

The Physician-Assisted Suicide of My Sister’s Friend

An elderly, paralyzed woman choosing death has shocked and saddened me.

Modest Fashion Is All the Rage: Can the Trend Last?

Women today are declaring their need to feel more protected and more empowered through clothing that covers more than it reveals.

Larry David’s Tasteless Holocaust Joke

When does humor cross the line from clever and incisive to inappropriate and offensive?

Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo Phenomenon

A silent epidemic is silent no more.

Easy Intimacy Is Making It Harder for Women to Get Married

The hook-up culture is eroding the value of marriage.

Going Orthodox: 8 Things that Surprised Me Living as an Observant Jew

I was still insecure and nervous about living a Torah observant life. What would my new life look like?

The Holocaust Survivor and the SS Guard

Judy Meisel is one of the last people alive who can help finger a former SS guard who tormented her at the Stuttof concentration camp.

In Doggy Heaven: Farewell to My Faithful Friend

At the equivalent of 105 in human years, our dog’s time had come. I miss him.

9 Ways to Discourage Your Teens from Swearing

Practical ideas to help your teens tame the swearing habit.

The Wedding Plan with No Groom

A new Israeli movie explores the limits of faith.

Hookup Culture Wreaks Havoc on Campus

New research reveals that a many students find themselves in a fog of depression, confusion, and hurt.

7 Myths about Divorce

Powerful arguments for saving and revitalizing your marriage.

Esther Chana’s Fabulous “I-Beat-Cancer” Ice Climb

Faith, optimism and the love of a community join forces to help a woman fight a near-fatal diagnosis.

Steven Spielberg's Mother Shone Her Own Light

Leah Adler passes away at age 97.

La La Land and the Limits of Romance

The award-winning film upends the typical Hollywood romance with its controversial ending.

Mary Tyler Moore, My Lifesaver

Beloved actress’ gift of laughter helped me through the pain in my early life.

The Orthodox Jewish Dating Web Series

“Soon by You”, a web series about the New York dating scene, is turning heads.

Cleaning House

I’m finding the courage to declutter once and for all.

Autistic Soldiers in Israeli Defense Forces

Welcome to Unit 9900 where special soldiers provide extra security for the IDF.

Should We Ditch Small Talk on Dates?

Why serious conversations can help speed up the dating process.

Son of Saul

The director and lead actor of the award-winning Holocaust film are two Jews who are passionate about their people and history.

Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe Gaffe

Lessons from the mindboggling mistake heard around the world.

Eagles of Death Metal Defies Terrorism

The rock band played in Israel and returned to Paris, demonstrating its courage and commitment to freedom.

My Lost Pendant

My chances of finding my special pendant in the enormous mall were about as good as my winning the Pulitzer Prize.

The Adele Sensation

Does the superstar’s old-style elegance add to her allure?

Trumbo

Working underground due to the infamous Hollywood blacklist didn’t prevent this writer from producing hit after hit.

Michael Douglas: Star of David

The legendary Hollywood producer and star becomes an eloquent defender of the Jewish people.

Christians United For Israel

Nearly 2.5 million Christian Americans are defending Israel. They call themselves part of the “goyim underground.”

Steve Jobs: The Apple of Our Eye?

Steve Jobs may have been a corporate titan, but many honorable character traits, cherished by Judaism, were foreign to him.

Notes from the Dentist’s Chair

My dentist is like Vladimir Putin, but with less warmth. My teeth are his little KGB prisoners.

When "I Love You, Daddy" Isn't Enough

Imagine the long-term impact our smart phone addiction will have on kids.

The Knock on my Door

I was engrossed in Downton Abbey. Did I have to stop to welcome the beggar at my door?

Marrying Young

While marriage rates continue to plummet, my son, 22, is bucking the trend and marrying his 21-year-old bride.

The Delicious Deli Man

Are Jews really the worst customers in the world?

Type A Men and the Women Who Love Them

Why is it that when men get sick, even the manliest among them morph into sissies?

The Return of the Grown-Up Kids

What’s better: empty nest or full house? I’m conflicted.

The Angst of Online Grocery Shopping

Goodbye grocery store, hello newfound freedom!

Renée Zellweger’s Unpopular New Face

Old is not ugly. Looking like a mask of your former self is ugly.

Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen’s new film explores the world of magic and what exists beyond the purely rational.

Organic Escapades

Success and failure in my back yard organic garden.

Frayed Clothing and the Men Who Love Them

My husband is like Mr. Sustainability when it comes to his clothes, using them up until they are utterly and incontrovertibly no longer usable.

Super Agers

Want to live to 100? Here’s how.

Finders Keepers; Losers, Keep Looking

Jews may be more forgetful than other people. After all, we lost ten of the twelve tribes, and the holy Ark.

My Passover Miracle

On a recent seder night, I experienced a redemption of sorts and a reminder that God knows what we need and sends it when we need it.

Receive the Aish.com Weekly Email

Sign up to our Aish Weekly Update Jewsletter.

Our privacy policy