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The Power of Pickled Tomatoes

The Power of Pickled Tomatoes

by R. M. Grossblatt

A great sage and leader of American Jewry teaches a lesson about small acts of caring.

Shai's Big Hit

Shai's Big Hit

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There are special moments in life when we touch God's perfection. Here's one of them.

When Walls Speak

When Walls Speak

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A recent convert to Judaism discovers that spirituality is embedded not only in souls, but also in the bricks of a wall.

Changing The World

Changing The World

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By way of feminism, socialism and idealism, a small Jewish spark turns into a passionate flame.

Shwarma: A Love Story

Shwarma: A Love Story

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Sometimes a person needs to meditate and think about things. Most of the time he just needs to eat something greasy.

Buddhism, Judaism, and The Great Cheerio Fiasco

Buddhism, Judaism, and The Great Cheerio Fiasco

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Many Jews turn to Buddhism to rise to spiritual heights. Judaism says, "Take the whole world up with you."

Of Angels And Poinsettias

Of Angels And Poinsettias

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Angels can be created by human beings. My father taught me how.

Breaking the Comfort Barrier

Breaking the Comfort Barrier

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Forget the holiday hike. A real spiritual path is steep and challenging.

Holy Fire

Holy Fire

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When Esh Kodesh was a boy, he wished his kindergarten teacher: "May they not kill you. May you not die young." Last month, he died at age 25, gunned down by an Arab terrorist.

Alice's Cake

Alice's Cake

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Israel is traumatized when a terrorist bomb maims three children, but one woman is catapulted to a new level of gratitude.

Lieberman's Connecticut Wasn't My Connecticut

Lieberman's Connecticut Wasn't My Connecticut

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I was a Jewish kid who didn't know what it meant to be Jewish, who was painfully, earnestly trying to fit in by concealing the Jewishness I knew nothing about.

The Secret Formula

The Secret Formula

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I spent six years marketing a parade of pleasures, only to find out that God throws theme parties all the time.

Lost in Berlin

Lost in Berlin

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Deiter turned Ben on to German beer. They were having an amazing time. Until Ben got lost with no money and no map...

What's A Nice Cosmo Girl Like You Doing With An Orthodox Husband?

What's A Nice Cosmo Girl Like You Doing With An Orthodox Husband?

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Once upon a time, she lived in Beverly Hills, wrote for Teen Magazine and had a personal trainer.

Going Home

Going Home

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"I always considered myself to be pretty independent. So why, in the back of my mind, was I dreading the inevitable return home with a strange new kippah sitting on my head?"

To Save A Life

To Save A Life

by Rabbi Kalman Packouz and Ron Johnson

This week in Jerusalem, a grove of trees was planted in honor of Ron Johnson, the British janitor who donated his lung to try to save a life.

A Canadian Jew In Australia

A Canadian Jew In Australia

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Plunked into the strange world of kangaroos, Aborigines and cricket, a Canadian discovers that Jews all over the world have lots in common.

Thank You for Assateague Island

Thank You for Assateague Island

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Sometimes God takes one small, seemingly insignificant event to teach us all we need to know about life -- though it may take years to find that out.

Knee Deep

Knee Deep

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When playing in a band produces a high that never lasts, one is forced to look elsewhere for fulfillment. But how can Judaism compare to Fuzzy Walter?

First Fruits

First Fruits

by Chana Siegel

Shavuot, the holiday of the giving of the Torah, has many names. But for me, this year, it is Hag HaBikurim, the Festival of the First Fruits.

Hope In Hell

Hope In Hell

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When all seems totally lost, a Jew is obligated to hope. This is one man's story of his test of faith.

Mataji vs. Mother Teresa

Mataji vs. Mother Teresa

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Cocooned in the blissful spirituality of an ashram, a Jewish soul still yearns to help others in need. But what to do when the guru forbids it?

A Different Kind of Independence

A Different Kind of Independence

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A survivor of an Arab terrorist attack tells of her battle to be liberated from the scars of her experience.

Jazz and the Abstract Truth

Jazz and the Abstract Truth

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A story of one man's spiritual journey that took some unusual twists and turns -- jazz studies, African drumming, pretending to be Malcolm X.

Holywoman

Holywoman

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An encounter with a hidden Jewish holy woman turns the world of a devotee to Eastern religions upside down.

Climbing the Mountain: Essay and Interview with Kirk Douglas

Climbing the Mountain: Essay and Interview with Kirk Douglas

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After more than 80 movies, surviving a helicopter crash and a stroke, the famous actor finds fulfillment in Torah study.

A Handicapped Look at Disability

A Handicapped Look at Disability

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An evening's encounter with a handicapped couple overturns misconceptions that have crippled one woman over a lifetime.

Faith Healing

Faith Healing

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A father's struggle with faith amidst loss and pain.

India to Israel

India to Israel

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An accomplished woman's journey to Jewish tradition takes a 15-year tour through India and its ashrams.