As 2007 draws to a close, Aish.com looks back at some of the most popular articles of the year, as selected by our editors. It's a chance to re-visit some of your favorite topics and authors, and to reflect back on the events and trends of the past 12 months.
The list shows the wide range of issues our readers are passionate about. You were inspired by dramatic personal stories of Jews from Honduras and Baghdad. Rabbi Benjamin Blech provoked with his viewpoints on current events and cultural milestones, and you made sure your own opinions were heard. Sara Rigler and Yaakov Salomon helped guide our response to some of the most critical issues today. We felt the pain of older singles and shared their joy as well. (Mazel tov! The author of "Season of Isolation" is now engaged. Article forthcoming...)
How did we select our "top 10" list? We based it on which original articles were the most widely read, and which articles received the most comments – plus a dose of judgment by the editors. We included only text articles, not videos or blogs.
We hope you enjoy revisiting some of these gems, and catch up on your reading in case you missed any.
Top 10 Articles of 2007
|1. The Torah in Our Church
by Yosef Juarez
The amazing story of our church that en masse decided to convert to Judaism.
|2. "The Secret" Revealed
by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
God as a cosmic bellhop.
|3. Salami and Shiites
by Chaplain (CPT) Shlomo Shulman
Firsthand report from the only Jewish chaplain in Iraq.
|4. My Life List
by Rabbi Yaakov Salomon
Things to do while you're alive.
|5. Season of Isolation
by Freidl Liba bas Chava
Being single shouldn't mean being lonely at the holiest time of year.
|6. A Flawed Mighty Heart
by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
The film's message is antithetical to the real meaning of Daniel Pearl's murder.
|7. Israel's Vital First Strike
by Sara Yoheved Rigler
One surefire way to avert a nuclear holocaust.
|8. Oblivious to the Music
by Bassi Gruen
Would you notice one of the world's greatest violinists playing in the midst of rush hour?
|9. Standing Before God
by Diane Faber Veitzer
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.
|10. Six Simple Strategies for Achieving Misery
by Sol Herzig, Ph.D.
The sobering fact is that serenity and joy are natural states for us all. Fear not. Practiced regularly, these strategies vastly improve our odds of attaining despair.