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Cancer Warriors at Camp Simcha

Cancer Warriors at Camp Simcha

Here there are no wheelchairs, no g-tubes, and no prosthetics; just souls.

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Stay With Me

Stay With Me

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Lying in the bed she had no questions. Sitting at her side I had no answers.

Making Tisha B’Av Relevant

Making Tisha B’Av Relevant

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How do we mourn what we do not know?

A Letter to the Three Mothers

A Letter to the Three Mothers

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You taught us how to live with the light of faith that defies even the darkest nightmare.

Sharing Our Grief

Sharing Our Grief

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Three women share their pain and reflections.

Four Gifts for Mother’s Day

Four Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Appreciating the gifts our children have already given us.

My Bubby, the War Hero

My Bubby, the War Hero

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My diminutive grandmother was larger than life.

Mother of All Miracles

Mother of All Miracles

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Sharing my pain and fear was easy. Becoming a mother left me speechless.

Passover: Days of Future Past

Passover: Days of Future Past

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Two remarkable women in my family personify two disparate attitudes about life.

Passover: Going Home Again

Passover: Going Home Again

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Coming together as families and as a nation to remember our shared history.

Passover Cleaning for Dummies

Passover Cleaning for Dummies

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5 tips to allow even the worst housekeeper to get to the Seder with no obvious signs of PTSD.

Staying Young: The Story of a Life

Staying Young: The Story of a Life

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My Bubbie was 100 years old when she died. She refused to age.

The Brown Silk Dress

The Brown Silk Dress

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Touched by Dior and the embers of the Holocaust, a 50-year-old dress conjures distant memories.

Fertile Faith

Fertile Faith

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God doesn’t listen to statistics.

Being Jewish on Christmas

Being Jewish on Christmas

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Amidst all the talk about eggnog, I realized the special blessing of Shabbat.

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

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One long, dark, memorable night I discovered my mother.

Alzheimer’s and the Here and Now

Alzheimer’s and the Here and Now

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My grandfather taught me to live in the spectacular now.

Walking with My Father

Walking with My Father

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We never walk alone.

It’s Only Money

It’s Only Money

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A thanksgiving reminder.

Secondary Infertility

Secondary Infertility

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I am sharing my story so others won't travel this road alone.

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.

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