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You First

You First

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Reckoning with forces that split a family apart.

Mama's Hands

Mama's Hands

by Brochi Rossen

Every wrinkle held a story.

Sometimes

Sometimes

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It's mundane. It's magical. It's motherhood.

Surveillance

Surveillance

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Visitors to Israel from the Far East discover a brilliant, new monitoring system: the mezuzah.

Gorgeous George

Gorgeous George

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George doesn’t walk, he waltzes.

Birth Plan

Birth Plan

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Our personal variation of "Man plans, God laughs."

Standing Before God

Standing Before God

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Having just turned 43, never married, no kids, I was having a tough time getting up the enthusiasm to pray for these same things once again

Broken

Broken

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Suddenly a single parent, the shofar's long wail echoed the one in my heart.

Passing the Flame

Passing the Flame

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Marking my son for life.

Don't Miss Today!

Don't Miss Today!

by A. Goodman

God sent me this crucial test and I had to make a critical choice.

Emergency Landing

Emergency Landing

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The plane plummeted downwards, oxygen masks dropped, and we thought this was the end.

  Playing Our Piece

Playing Our Piece

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Finding a reason in life to sing.

The Shiva Call

The Shiva Call

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Inspiration from a house of mourning.

Yong:  Brave and Beautiful

Yong: Brave and Beautiful

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The miracle finally occurred: we adopted a baby boy from Korea.

A Letter to My Father

A Letter to My Father

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It's been 13 years but there is still a crack in my heart.

Fathers and Memories

Fathers and Memories

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Daughters never forget.

A Life Cut Short

A Life Cut Short

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My mother died when she was almost 98 years old. We thought she'd live forever.

My Mom

My Mom

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My mother blessed me with the ability to say amen to both life and death.

Living Here

Living Here

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On a bus in Jerusalem, all eyes followed the girl who suddenly broke down and cried.

Cherishing Your Past

Cherishing Your Past

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Passover reminds us that not only can't you escape your past, but you have to cherish it too.

My Dayenu Ring

My Dayenu Ring

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A lost diamond, a gaping black hole, and an inspiring Passover realization.

Celebrating the Seder With Abba

Celebrating the Seder With Abba

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My father's enthusiasm for Passover was so contagious, that each member of our family approached the Seder in an emotional state approaching ecstasy.

Snow Angels

Snow Angels

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Paving a path for our children.

Alone in Lenox Hill

Alone in Lenox Hill

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In my grandmother's room, it was as silent as death.

These Lights We Kindle

These Lights We Kindle

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Appreciating miracles every day.

A Knock on the Window

A Knock on the Window

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Sometimes it's the small gestures that penetrate most deeply.

Nothing's been the Same

Nothing's been the Same

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Life sure has changed, my little one, ever since you've joined the family.

No One to Blame

No One to Blame

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A taxi ride to somewhere unexpected.

Beauty Beyond Style

Beauty Beyond Style

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Little life and death decisions.

The Key to Life

The Key to Life

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To me, it is a miracle that anyone can conceive a child unassisted.

Clinging to Life

Clinging to Life

by Miriam Silver

This was my third pregnancy and it was going blissfully well. How things can change in an instant.

Life's Final Chapter

Life's Final Chapter

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As I took care of my dying mother, a new bond was created.

Why I Send My Kids to Day School

Why I Send My Kids to Day School

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Why is someone like me, staunchly Reform and secular, sending my kids to an Orthodox Jewish day school?

Without a Mother

Without a Mother

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Because of my father's devoted love, I barely realized that I was missing a mother.

Last Dance

Last Dance

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I was totally unprepared for saying goodbye to my father.

The Blessing of a Rented Room

The Blessing of a Rented Room

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I was 36 years old and running out of options

Roller Skates

Roller Skates

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Polio makes you different. And at age ten, who wants to be different?

My Mother the Judge

My Mother the Judge

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Watching Judge Lefkowitz balance the needs of four generations and a seat on the New York State Supreme Court was impressive, especially to her daughter.

The Necklace

The Necklace

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The true meaning of loving your fellow Jew.

Snowed Out

Snowed Out

by Charles H. Kuttner

Was I supposed to be stuck in town that weekend just for this purpose?

Touching the World of Angels

Touching the World of Angels

by Seth Clyman, reviewed by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

How my daughter's short life changed mine.

What Arafat Said

What Arafat Said

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Was it only in my imagination that I was smarter than my father?

The Plain Jane Society

The Plain Jane Society

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Perfection eludes us all, but acceptance does not have to.

Chanukah Unplugged

Chanukah Unplugged

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Our Chanukah candles shone extra-bright last year. That's because they were the only lights in our house.

Glass of Gratitude

Glass of Gratitude

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It's always totally full.

Losing Little One

Losing Little One

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The sudden loss of a pregnancy shakes the world of a young mother-to-be.

Birthday Blues

Birthday Blues

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Somehow birthdays morphed into a day of doors closing behind me with a final thud.

Final Request

Final Request

by Emunah Bachar

I knew Bubby would be leaving this world soon, and I was determined to be with her before it happened.

Dad's Presence

Dad's Presence

by Beverly Beckham

Now I listen to Dad better than ever.

One More Day

One More Day

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When hellos are so sweet, goodbyes are all the more difficult.

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