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Holocaust at the Shabbos Table

Holocaust at the Shabbos Table

A Shabbos that was different from all others.

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Parents Just Don't Understand

Parents Just Don't Understand

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They were there for every first that mattered in my life. Except for one: my first steps onto the path of Judaism.

How I Survived a Humvee Explosion in Iraq

How I Survived a Humvee Explosion in Iraq

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Jordan Schwartz’s incredible true story.

My Name is Elizabeth and I am Jewish

My Name is Elizabeth and I am Jewish

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Growing up in the Ukraine, Judaism was closed off to me. But I refused to hide my identity.

Peri Finkelstein’s 1000 Steps

Peri Finkelstein’s 1000 Steps

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An inspiring video of one girl defying all odds, and the 450 Chai Lifeline runners who cheered her on.

I Hit a Deer

I Hit a Deer

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How one insane night yanked me out of the rut I was in.

Henny Machlis’ Secret to Spirituality

Henny Machlis’ Secret to Spirituality

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Henny personified the real meaning of “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Getting High

Getting High

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The guru's special mantra would give him a constant high. But there was an unexpected catch.

“You Killed Jesus!”

“You Killed Jesus!”

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The recent Boston incident reminded me when I first discovered a deep contempt for me as a Jew that I hadn’t realized was there.

Dustin Hoffman's Jewish Moment

Dustin Hoffman's Jewish Moment

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Watch a moving clip of the actor declaring, “I am a Jew."

God’s Ferrari

God’s Ferrari

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How I fell in love with Judaism, even the detailed laws.

The Hebrew

The Hebrew

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How a random encounter with a French Canadian woman in Atlantic City changed my life.

The Jewish Hero of the Ukrainian Uprising

The Jewish Hero of the Ukrainian Uprising

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An exclusive interview with a most unlikely rebel, chasidic freedom fighter Asher Yoseph Cherkassy.

The Royal Jew From Swaziland

The Royal Jew From Swaziland

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An accidental encounter with Hebrew alters the destiny of an African prince.

The Bathroom Blessing Whisperer

The Bathroom Blessing Whisperer

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The sublime act of thanking God after going to the bathroom.

The Inspirational Story of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech

The Inspirational Story of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech

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Ezra has defied the odds to become a talented athlete and an inspiration to many.

A Holocaust Love Story

A Holocaust Love Story

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A powerful true story of Jewish heroism.

As a Jew in State Prison

As a Jew in State Prison

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A harrowing tale of surviving anti-Semitism in prison, and the remarkable journey of self-discovery.

Discovering I May Not Be Jewish

Discovering I May Not Be Jewish

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Even though I was keeping Shabbat, not knowing the identity of my biological mother threw into question my Jewishness.

Judaism: Opening the Closed Door

Judaism: Opening the Closed Door

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From White House Christmas parties to the Tefillin challenge.

My Father’s Visit from the Next World

My Father’s Visit from the Next World

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He insisted on a cup of coffee. Little did I know he was saving my life.

Jews, Non-Jews and My Anti-Semitic Girlfriend

Jews, Non-Jews and My Anti-Semitic Girlfriend

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We were hurtling toward marriage despite my closeted interest in Judaism. One drunken night changed everything.

The Horse in the Gate

The Horse in the Gate

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Why you are never stuck.

Hitting the Panic Button

Hitting the Panic Button

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When was the last time you thanked your platelets?

The Nazi and his Jewish Grandchildren

The Nazi and his Jewish Grandchildren

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My father took a leading role in the slaughter of Jews. Was our family tainted with evil?

One Town, 7 Churches, No Synagogue & My Son’s Kippah

One Town, 7 Churches, No Synagogue & My Son’s Kippah

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My son wore his new kippah publicly, like a billboard announcing his heritage. I didn’t want him to stick out.

Pregnancy, Birth and Death

Pregnancy, Birth and Death

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One couple’s painful journey through miscarriage and death of a baby.

Let Go of the Mouse

Let Go of the Mouse

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An antidote for control freaks.

My First Hanukkah in Communist Russia

My First Hanukkah in Communist Russia

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No one saw my pitiful menorah. Little did I know how that small flame would grow into a huge light.

Victim of Rape

Victim of Rape

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How I learned to stop blaming myself and rewrite my script.

God and I

God and I

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My conversion to Judaism.

My Encounter with Hemingway

My Encounter with Hemingway

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Judaism is a religion of life.

The Rabid Anti-Semite who became a Proud Jew

The Rabid Anti-Semite who became a Proud Jew

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Co-founder of Hungary’s far-right, anti-Semitic party discovers he’s Jewish, forcing him to rethink his life and reconnect to his roots.

Define <I>Perfect</I>

Define Perfect

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One morning at school, my perfect bubble burst when I found bumps in my neck.

Please Don't Tell Me How Good I Look

Please Don't Tell Me How Good I Look

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My severe acne means the drugs I’m taking for inoperable lung cancer are working.

Henny Machlis: A Truly Great Jewish Woman

Henny Machlis: A Truly Great Jewish Woman

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How did an ordinary Jew from Brooklyn become one of the greatest lights of our times?

The Unveiling
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The Unveiling

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I went to Toronto expecting to confront my mother's death more deeply; I encountered instead my father's remarkable dedication to life.

How Rebbetzin Jungreis Changed My Life

How Rebbetzin Jungreis Changed My Life

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Now it’s our turn to help her.

A Taste of Heaven

A Taste of Heaven

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An incredible Jerusalem family brings the beauty of Shabbat to the world.

 #Human: A Story from Bergen-Belsen

#Human: A Story from Bergen-Belsen

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Born in 1933, Francine Christophe was deported with her mother at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Released the following year, she continues to share her experience.

My Long Road Home

My Long Road Home

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My path to Judaism began with the question: What would Jesus do?

Saved by a Prayer

Saved by a Prayer

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One Jew's miraculous story.

Birthright Launched My Jewish Journey

Birthright Launched My Jewish Journey

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I was 13 and completely turned off from Judaism. Now, at 23, I couldn't feel more proud to be Jewish.

Paid In Full

Paid In Full

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The value of love. A touching story to share before Yom Kippur.

My Journey from Chinese to Jewish

My Journey from Chinese to Jewish

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A chance encounter with a Bible launched my 16-year road to conversion.

Pesos From Heaven: A New Year’s Message

Pesos From Heaven: A New Year’s Message

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My parents are no longer in this world, but we still keep in touch.

My Resilient Jewish Soul

My Resilient Jewish Soul

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In a dysfunctional home in the Bible Belt, a young woman discovers she’s Jewish.

Judaism in the Eyes of a Non-Jew

Judaism in the Eyes of a Non-Jew

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A non-Jew accidentally discovers the meaning and wisdom of Torah.

When Hip-Hop Gets Personal

When Hip-Hop Gets Personal

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One Jew’s search for truth and self-discovery captured in Jewish rap.

The Blind Son

The Blind Son

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Despite her doubts and fears, my mother had the courage to let her blind son take risks and explore the world.