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Faith after Heartbreak

Faith after Heartbreak

After his wife’s sudden death, Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz is determined to live with meaning and joy.

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The Secret Diary

The Secret Diary

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A diary written in German unravels a mystery that changes a woman's life.

Eclipsed: Poland's Secret Jews

Eclipsed: Poland's Secret Jews

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I was raised in Warsaw as a Catholic Pole. Today I have embraced my Jewish identity.

Coping with the Death of My Father

Coping with the Death of My Father

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I was 16 when my life was shattered by my father’s death. These three lessons helped me get through the darkness.

My Fight for Freedom in Iran

My Fight for Freedom in Iran

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I could not accept the constraints imposed upon me as a Jew growing up in Iran.

Oliver Sacks on Facing Death

Oliver Sacks on Facing Death

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Will my last days be filled with gratitude or regret?

Tongue Untied

Tongue Untied

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How my son overcame his debilitating stutter and became an inspirational speaker.

My Barber, Morris

My Barber, Morris

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After discovering my local barber's dark secret, no haircut has ever been the same.

Stigma

Stigma

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A proud polio survivor, I was blissfully unaware of the stigma many attach to paralysis and deformity. Until I wanted to start dating.

Michael Jackson and My Yarmulke

Michael Jackson and My Yarmulke

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I told the King of Pop that he wasn’t the King of the universe.

My Ugly Engagement Ring

My Ugly Engagement Ring

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With abiding love, my husband designed my unique ring. I opened the box and was aghast. I hated it.

A Button's Life

A Button's Life

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Everyone has a mission in life. But what about me?

Kaddish for My Mother

Kaddish for My Mother

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My mother almost left this world without my love.

Saving Dunera’s Jews: Tales of the Sea

Saving Dunera’s Jews: Tales of the Sea

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The dramatic true story of how German Jews were rescued from Nazi submarines in 1940.

Just an Ordinary Jew

Just an Ordinary Jew

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My slow Jewish renewal.

Does Being Religious Help You Get a Job?

Does Being Religious Help You Get a Job?

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In or out of Hollywood, it sure is a good question.

Repairing the Gap

Repairing the Gap

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In my sister’s eyes, I became a foreign entity: a religiously observant Jew. As the gap widened, my sadness deepened.

Peanut Butter Time

Peanut Butter Time

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A deadly diagnosis can cut through the fog of petty concerns and yield a striking clarity.

Chosen

Chosen

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It was 1959, and it was me, a Jewish kid in elementary school, against Gagliano, Stamingo and O’Mera. What chance did I have?

Merry Shpitzvinkel!

Merry Shpitzvinkel!

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How my father’s journey from Santa Claus to a gift-lugging dog in a drainpipe led me to Judaism, sort of.

My Holocaust Revenge

My Holocaust Revenge

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I made a vow: If I survived Buchenwald, I would return and kill the mayor’s wife.

My Moment at the Kotel

My Moment at the Kotel

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God, I want to know what can I get here that I can't get anywhere else?

Notes from an Ex-Agnostic

Notes from an Ex-Agnostic

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Sometimes believing is seeing.

Beyond Just Desserts: A Recipe of Thanksgiving

Beyond Just Desserts: A Recipe of Thanksgiving

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Seventy-five orphan girls in Calcutta taught me the real meaning of thanksgiving.

My Parents vs. My Own Life

My Parents vs. My Own Life

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When does, “I have to live my own life” become selfishness?

Rider on the Storm

Rider on the Storm

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The storm came and suddenly I was being hit with six-foot waves, zero visibility and a sinking kayak.

Suffering and Consolation: A Father's Perspective

Suffering and Consolation: A Father's Perspective

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My daughter's battle with leukemia taught me how to find consolation even in the midst of terrible pain.

The Anti-Missionary

The Anti-Missionary

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Sometimes it takes one to know one.

My Life with Asperger’s

My Life with Asperger’s

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Despite the fact that I can be awkward, Asperger’s is something I can use to help better other people's lives.

A Torah for the Army

A Torah for the Army

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A new Torah scroll for the U.S. military re-writes a legacy.

The Guru and the Hasid

The Guru and the Hasid

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The stranger-than-fiction true story of Swami Vijayananda.

A Simple Twist of Faith

A Simple Twist of Faith

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How did a Baptist, country girl like me, raised in the Bible Belt, become an observant Jew?

Ready to Come Home

Ready to Come Home

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A long time ago I ran away from home. Little did I know that it would teach me the meaning of Sukkot.

Boris in Prison on Yom Kippur

Boris in Prison on Yom Kippur

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A mountain of a man, here was a Jew totally ignorant about Judaism willing to risk his life for being Jewish.

High Priestess

High Priestess

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The shmata on my head is a statement as bold as my red curls: I am proud to be a Jew.

The Muslim Spy who Became a Jew

The Muslim Spy who Became a Jew

by Avraham Sinai, as told to Chananya Bleich

Avraham Sinai was a Hezbollah informant who risked his life for Israel.

The Jewish Prince of Persia

The Jewish Prince of Persia

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The Shah of Iran's descendant tells his story from Jerusalem.

Walking To Shul With My Dad

Walking To Shul With My Dad

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I was a three-day a year Jew who stopped by McDonalds on the way to the golf course every Saturday morning. Now I'm being called an observant Jew. What happened?

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

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The death of my husband forced me to reexamine the purpose of my existence.

Max’s Mission

Max’s Mission

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The short life and heroic death of Max Steinberg.

A Special Soul

A Special Soul

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How my special needs sibling changed our family and our community.

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

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An elegy to the Jewish people for the 17th of Tammuz.

Don’t Be Nice to Me

Don’t Be Nice to Me

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Yes, I broke my ankle – now leave me alone.

My 18 Days of Waiting

My 18 Days of Waiting

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My story is different, but I relate to the horror the three families experienced not knowing if your child will survive.

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

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Out of the blue, the Rebbe summoned me. He wanted to send me on a challenging mission.

Tears and Shattered Prayers

Tears and Shattered Prayers

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An open letter to the three boys.

My New Jewish Name

My New Jewish Name

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My quest to tap the essence of my soul.

Chicken Soup for the Mind

Chicken Soup for the Mind

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A Chinese girl forced me to confront what it means to be Jewish.

Forgiving My Father

Forgiving My Father

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There is no deeper wound than abandonment by a parent. After 10 years, I wanted to heal.

It's Not Me

It's Not Me

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Breaking out of our self-imposed confinements.