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My Yoga Teacher’s Murder Became the Sound of the Shofar

My Yoga Teacher’s Murder Became the Sound of the Shofar

Randy Smith’s death propelled me to go beyond my perceived limits.

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The Bodyguard at My Door

The Bodyguard at My Door

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When my mother received a death threat, I got an unusual wakeup call.

Rebbetzin Jungreis Cared

Rebbetzin Jungreis Cared

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After the death of my son, the Rebbetzin consoled me and gave me a path to manage my grief.

Whispers of 9-11

Whispers of 9-11

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Inside the World Trade Center on that fateful day, Ari Schonbrun saw miracles.

From Buddha to Torah

From Buddha to Torah

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The unlikely path to spiritual discovery of a girl from Sri Lanka.

African-American, Christian, Witch, Jew

African-American, Christian, Witch, Jew

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In the shadows of slavery, one girl’s persistent questioning leads her on a relentless search for truth.

Not So Modern Love

Not So Modern Love

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Bill and Hillary weren't the only couple to meet in the library.

Irreversible Damage
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Irreversible Damage

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A miraculous true story demonstrates the power of prayer and reminds us never to give up hope.

Her Name was Patience

Her Name was Patience

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She was unusual and the kids knew it. The time has come to ask her forgiveness.

My Journey in the Holy Land

My Journey in the Holy Land

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We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.

Forgiving the Impossible

Forgiving the Impossible

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During the Holocaust, my grandmother gave up everything for her closest friend, only to be abandoned in return.

Can I Really Change the World?

Can I Really Change the World?

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How one small act can trigger movement across generations.

Elie Wiesel and the Radicalization of a Hassidic Girl

Elie Wiesel and the Radicalization of a Hassidic Girl

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Elie Wiesel took me to Auschwitz and in a certain way, I never came back.

A Soldier’s Gift: An Amazing True Story A Soldier’s Gift: An Amazing True Story

A Soldier’s Gift: An Amazing True Story

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One act of kindness has unintended life-altering consequences.

In a Heartbeat In a Heartbeat

In a Heartbeat

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Mordechai Sultan was about to suffer a massive heart attack that would have killed him if not for an incredible series of incidents.

My Imperfect Baby

My Imperfect Baby

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This couldn’t be my long-awaited son. This was a deformed baby.

The Spanish Inquisition and Me

The Spanish Inquisition and Me

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Becoming a Jew was my greatest act of defiance.

My Miracle Surgery

My Miracle Surgery

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The professor looked at me and said, “You, my dear, are a walking miracle. I can’t believe my eyes.”

We’re Not Doing God Any Favors

We’re Not Doing God Any Favors

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All this time that I thought I was giving I was really receiving.

From Hangover to Happiness

From Hangover to Happiness

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Finding deeper meaning in the most unexpected places.

On the Death of a Grandchild

On the Death of a Grandchild

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As my heart silently screamed watching my son say Kaddish for his son, I recited the following prayer.

How I Chose My Hebrew Name

How I Chose My Hebrew Name

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Prior to converting, I wanted to pick a Hebrew name that would reflect what I aspired to be.

My Adventures in Saying Kaddish

My Adventures in Saying Kaddish

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The night I thought I was the butt of some cosmic joke.

In India, with the Lost Tribe of Ephraim

In India, with the Lost Tribe of Ephraim

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We transcended barriers through the power of music and prayer.

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.

X-Rated

X-Rated

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My addiction to pornography. A cautionary true story. Reader discretion is advised.

Holocaust at the Shabbos Table

Holocaust at the Shabbos Table

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A Shabbos that was different from all others.

How I Survived a Humvee Explosion in Iraq 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

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

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?