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Birthright Launched My Jewish Journey

Birthright Launched My Jewish Journey

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

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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.

My Treacherous Journey across the Ethiopian Desert

My Treacherous Journey across the Ethiopian Desert

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A 4-year-old girl and her family risk their lives fleeing Ethiopia to reach the land of Israel.

My Kosher Kitchen

My Kosher Kitchen

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What possessed me to make my kitchen kosher?

Antumalal

Antumalal

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In a legendary hotel in the wilds of Chile, I discovered an amazing story.

Dying with Faith

Dying with Faith

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My father gave us the most important speech of his life.

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

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An anti-Semitic sergeant couldn’t stop a Holocaust survivor who heroically served in the US Army from getting his Medal of Honor.

Smile, At All Costs

Smile, At All Costs

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Alcohol was my refuge from my father’s incessant demands for perfection.

Who Got the Better Deal?

Who Got the Better Deal?

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An incredible true tale of two siblings.

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections
Chief Editor's Blog

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections

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How the Jewish mourning laws counteract the upheaval left in death’s wake.

Our Landlord, the Rabbi

Our Landlord, the Rabbi

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Renting Rabbi Shmuel Orenstein's NYC apartment changed our lives.

Saying Goodbye to Mom
Chief Editor's Blog

Saying Goodbye to Mom

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My mother was a strong, opinionated dynamo. How could she be gone, just like that?

The Dragon Slayer

The Dragon Slayer

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Almost totally paralyzed, Marcie Alter vanquishes dragons with her sword of courage and determination.

Kaddish with Oprah

Kaddish with Oprah

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Need a minyan? Nothing is too complicated for the Oprah show.

Scavenging for Shells

Scavenging for Shells

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Death is like a tsunami, threatening to sweep away everything in its path.

My Death Scare

My Death Scare

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A potential cancer diagnosis helped me discover the value of time.

Lifting My Cloud of Depression

Lifting My Cloud of Depression

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Medication only removed the pain; attaining happiness was up to me.

More Holy Woman

More Holy Woman

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In shark-infested waters, their only life raft was reassuring words.

The Hidden Jews of Montana?

The Hidden Jews of Montana?

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Sarah McConnell and the indestructible power of the Jewish spark.

The Lost Torah Mantle

The Lost Torah Mantle

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The dramatic retrieval of a long-lost family heirloom.

Finding Patience

Finding Patience

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We were newly married, just moved to Israel and everything was going wrong.

A Little Cancer

A Little Cancer

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With her indomitable fighting spirit, Daffy Friedman battled cancer and changed her life.

Absent Fathers

Absent Fathers

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My father's disloyalty undermined my relationship with God.

In Dachau, Liberation Day

In Dachau, Liberation Day

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Sometimes life tugs your elbow to make sure you're paying attention. This was one of those days.

Faith after Heartbreak

Faith after Heartbreak

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

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.