For the Jews of Soviet Russia who celebrated nothing else, Simchat Torah was enough to transmit the full weight of what it means to be a Jew.
It doesn't take a war for a country to unite and feel like family. There's always Sukkot.
People can change. Meet Avraham Sinai -- a former Shi'ite from Lebanon who converted to Judaism.
Three weeks ago I did something I have never ever done before. I danced at a cemetery.
Although there may be no real solution at hand, here are two important points about this last war.
Peace in Israel is possible, but ultimately not through the force of arms.
The Iran-Hezbollah axis is the greatest threat to world peace, to Jewish survival, to Western values, and to civilization.
As immigrants who chose to live in Israel, we came to immerse ourselves in the great pride of our nation, as well as its great pain.
Identification with the suffering of our fellow Jews is not automatic. It requires work.
After 20 years of story telling, the realization hits that it was at someone else's expense.
The best defense to the ambitious "Jews for Jesus" missionary campaign.
Don't let what happened to me happen to one more single person.
My family has been in Britain for 350 years. Perhaps it is time for a change.
The shiva for my father centered on the joy of his life, not his death.
Daniel touched those who knew him with his passion for life, family, Judaism and Israel. His short life can still touch yours.
Maybe, just maybe, Judaism -- Jewish belief and practice as prescribed by the Jewish religious tradition -- is the key to Jewish continuity.
The fears I had about putting my daughter in a Jewish day school were fears I really had for myself.
My daughter is a unique individual, not a diagnosis.
After the horrific murder of Ilan Halimi and three subsequent anti-Semitic attacks, pressure to flee growing for some, and dismissed by others.
My one minute encounter in Hungary reflected all the despair and all the hopeful triumph of the Jewish people in exile.
Rebuilding post-Katrina, amidst water, fire and vandals.
The grisly murder of Ilan Halimi should concern the entire Jewish world.
Suddenly my flight was upgraded, and I began to view the world differently.
At a Grateful Dead concert one Chanukah, I felt like the only Jew in the world. Then an amazing thing happened.
A child who sees no difference between the flames of the menorah and the twinkling lights of the tree.
The decision to marry a Jew evolved from being my mother's choice, to finally my own choice.
Low fertility and high intermarriage are pushing American Jewry toward extinction.
One rabbi, untrained in medicine, is perhaps the leading medical expert in all of Israel.
I wanted an evening filled with the magic experience of Sukkot, but I was getting in the way.
A deeper look at the storm's impact from a spiritual leader in New Orleans.
At a growing number of university campuses, ignorant and hostile anti-Israel sentiment has become the lingua franca of an influential chattering class.
Ted Rubin, a Holocaust survivor and Korean War hero, is being recognized this Friday with a long overdue Medal of Honor.
Yes, I'm a sucker. But in a culture where skepticism is the norm, I'm glad that my instinctive response is to trust the sincere intentions of others.
We were in an old world together, that's for sure, but not the one they expected.
Plucked from a bleak Russian orphanage, one Jewish family welcomes their new daughter home.
This summer I was attacked on a Paris subway car -- verbally, religiously and, yes, physically.
How to bring God's palpable presence back into our world.
In a country with no more than a wisp of Jewish life, where does such an appetite for things Jewish come from?
How I learned to stop worrying and love sending my children to Jewish Day School.
Perhaps one can say that the Germans have their 2,711, and we have ours.
Don't let a recent study about enhanced intellectual ability among Jews go to your head.
Everywhere else in the world being Jewish makes you different. In Israel, being Jewish is normal. And that, somehow, is the strangest thing of all.