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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.

The Telemarketer

The Telemarketer

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Sometimes, you have to throw away the script.

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.

Stuck in the City

Stuck in the City

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Dear readers, where should we move to?

My Purim Costume Fantasy

My Purim Costume Fantasy

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This year, finally, my family will join the ranks of those paragons of virtue, those models of creative efficiency: The Ones with the Themes.

Hearts of the Fathers

Hearts of the Fathers

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Since the divorce, my ex-husband won't have anything to do with our sons. Is it wrong to hope for a miracle?

Sick of Being Sick

Sick of Being Sick

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Who’s running this show, anyway?

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

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We were marrying off our eldest daughter. Why was I feeling so much pain?

Spark of Hope

Spark of Hope

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Cancer I could laugh at. It was remission that was so difficult.

Sukkot's Healing Hug

Sukkot's Healing Hug

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In these unstable and scary times, the sukkah gives us a reassuring message.

A Yom Kippur Question

A Yom Kippur Question

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I was floored. There wasn't one doctor in the whole hospital willing to help us.

My Special-Needs Sister

My Special-Needs Sister

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I want my friends to know that it’s okay to be different.

The Ladies Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary

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My grandmother and the terribly hot summer in Brooklyn.

At the Bottom of the Pool

At the Bottom of the Pool

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Was that my precious child lying motionless in the water?

Mournful

Mournful

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A bereaved mother’s perspective on the Three Weeks.

Some Hurts Don't Heal

Some Hurts Don't Heal

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The greatest blessing comes between two friends.

In My Father's World

In My Father's World

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My father's love asserted itself in distinctive ways.

Step-Father's Day

Step-Father's Day

by Rebecca Appelson

Sometimes the best parents aren't the one you're born with.

Bat Mitzvah Reflections

Bat Mitzvah Reflections

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A letter to my daughter upon her Bat Mitzvah.

Bringing Judaism Home

Bringing Judaism Home

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Add boiling water and watch love grow.

A Sacred Remembrance

A Sacred Remembrance

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Shavuot was the day my grandmother arrived in Auschwitz.

When Mommy Stopped Driving

When Mommy Stopped Driving

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When the doctor delivered the news, we were abashed and afraid. How much time did we have?

Me and My Boys

Me and My Boys

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The question no one asks: "What was it like to get divorced with two children still in diapers?"

My Lost iPod Cable

My Lost iPod Cable

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In Egypt, the Jewish people were hanging on by a tiny thread. So was I.

Passover's Magic

Passover's Magic

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Passover is coming and I have entirely missed the point.

Unmasking God’s Love

Unmasking God’s Love

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This Purim, grab a piece of God's unconditional love, and dance.

The Music of Opportunity

The Music of Opportunity

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Patrick Henry Hughes can teach us all a lesson about reaching our potential.

Interference

Interference

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Why I gave up TV.

  Fun vs. Joy

Fun vs. Joy

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Finding the keys to happiness this Chanukah.

Lily's Magic

Lily's Magic

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A little girl inspires us to rise to life's challenge.