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Our Mother Rachel

Our Mother Rachel

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What is so special about Rachel that we commemorate her death more than any of the other matriarchs and patriarchs?

Our New Special Baby

Our New Special Baby

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Greeting the news that your baby has Down syndrome with less anxiety and a much more positive outlook.

Betrayal and Forgiveness

Betrayal and Forgiveness

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My best friend inexplicably severed our relationship. I was faced with the challenge of forgiving the unforgivable.

The Ten-Ton Phone

The Ten-Ton Phone

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Now is the time to work on mending any rifts in your family.

Answering Rosh Hashanah's Call

Answering Rosh Hashanah's Call

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The shofar’s cry is God calling out my name, looking for me.

Forever Dad

Forever Dad

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Even though my parents divorced, my father always played a crucial role in my life.

A Candle for My Father

A Candle for My Father

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Thoughts on lighting the 20th yartzeit candle.

My Father and the Talmud

My Father and the Talmud

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I idolized my dad and resented him. As I’ve untangled our relationship, I adopted his passion: Talmud study.

The Bus Stop: A Father's Day Message

The Bus Stop: A Father's Day Message

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My father’s unconditional love gave me the feeling that no matter what, everything will be okay.

Family Secrets

Family Secrets

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The shocking discovery of half of my family tree, nearly a century later.

Out of the Abyss

Out of the Abyss

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My liberation from the bondage of depression.

Spiritual Scrubbing

Spiritual Scrubbing

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I loved Passover. It was the swishing of brooms in surround sound that confounded me.

Life after Divorce

Life after Divorce

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After five tumultuous years, I’m ready to begin again.

Whisper of a Soul

Whisper of a Soul

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How did I manage to survive unspeakable abuse?

Welling Up

Welling Up

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Reflections on burying our 2-week-old granddaughter.

Touching the Void

Touching the Void

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A letter to my abusive parents.

What God Must Feel

What God Must Feel

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Because I’m a mother, I know.

Mourning Glory

Mourning Glory

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When a mother succumbs to cancer in old age and a father faces his own mortality, a son experiences the blessings of a good shiva.

A Jewish Mother’s Wisdom

A Jewish Mother’s Wisdom

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The legacy of Chana Berkovits, Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits’ mother.

Divorce’s Innocent Victims

Divorce’s Innocent Victims

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I am not invited to my granddaughter’s bat mitzvah.

Dear Tears

Dear Tears

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Your appearance does not startle me anymore.

The Third Generation

The Third Generation

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The grandchild of Holocaust survivors looks forward… and back.

Seeds

Seeds

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When my kids planted etrog trees, we didn’t know we’d discover the miracle – and precariousness – of life.

Laundry Lament

Laundry Lament

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Lessons from the spin cycle.

A Face in the Window

A Face in the Window

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As Father's Day approaches, I am haunted by one most vivid and moving scene from my childhood.

Eight Days with Our Baby

Eight Days with Our Baby

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Born with terminal kidney disfunction, each moment with him was precious.

Hope: Revisiting Secondary Infertility

Hope: Revisiting Secondary Infertility

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Once I began to truly appreciate the blessings in my life, I received another – a baby girl.

Heavenly Cheerleaders

Heavenly Cheerleaders

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How an Aish.com article changed some people's lives.

2,524,608,000 Seconds

2,524,608,000 Seconds

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My daughter’s eyes rolled back and she went limp in my arms.

To Not Walk Alone

To Not Walk Alone

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Although my father has died, he remains an active, guiding influence in my life.

A Little Faith

A Little Faith

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Sometimes I wonder if my non-observant mother is more religious than me.

My Father’s Smile

My Father’s Smile

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My father let go of his pain, his grief, his questions and was able to do what he loved best: to give.

The Giving Heart

The Giving Heart

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My mother’s motto is: the way to keep your heart in shape is to love more.

Valuables

Valuables

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The masked robber who broke into our home was a blessing in disguise.

These Small Lights

These Small Lights

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Chanukah reminds us that we are not the same as everyone else.

As the Flame Flickers

As the Flame Flickers

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The challenge of observing the anniversary of the death of someone never born.

Jerusalem Cowboy

Jerusalem Cowboy

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Meet Natie Charles, the Prince of Tales.

Bat Mitzvah Gifts for My Daughter

Bat Mitzvah Gifts for My Daughter

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Spanning three generations, I want to give you some very special gifts that are close to my heart.

It's All in the Name

It's All in the Name

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Paradoxically, our children help connect us to our Jewish roots.

To Bris or Not To Bris?

To Bris or Not To Bris?

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The last few months of my pregnancy, I spent more time agonizing about the bris than about labor itself.

How to Speak to a Pregnant Woman

How to Speak to a Pregnant Woman

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Sadly, based on personal experiences.

Expectant World

Expectant World

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Our most significant achievements are formed somewhere deeply hidden.

5 (Spiritual) Ways to Beat the Heat

5 (Spiritual) Ways to Beat the Heat

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How to make the most of the 2011 heat wave without moving from your computer or air conditioner.

The Night Before My Wedding

The Night Before My Wedding

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We were on opposite poles: her life was drawing to a close and mine was about to begin.

A Father who Cares

A Father who Cares

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Even a grown man can be an orphan.

I Too Am Royalty

I Too Am Royalty

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As a child I longed for the majestic. Watching the royal wedding, I realized I found it.

Earning My Freedom

Earning My Freedom

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In a world of Facebook and Twitter, is anyone special? Preparing for Passover I discovered an answer.

Why Did the Fish Have to Die?

Why Did the Fish Have to Die?

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Teaching a child to understand God’s grand eternal plan.

Gift of Life

Gift of Life

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Ezra needs a donor who's a perfect match. You may be his miracle.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Sophia's Story

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Sophia's Story

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The diagnosis was devastating, but we needed to stop mourning our daughter who was still alive and begin living with SMA.