This Year in Uman

What happens when a Jew who is a slave to creature comforts finds himself on Rosh Hashana in Uman, Ukraine, with 30,000 Chassidim and no hot running water?

A Tree Falls in Boro Park

After ten years, Jerusalem had yielded no career and no man. It was time to go to the city of intense dating.

More Holy Woman

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

Scavenging for Shells

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

Touching Death

My first experience helping to prepare the body of a deceased person for his funeral.

Letting My Hair Grow Again

As a cancer survivor, I wanted to wear a badge

Googling to God

My spiritual journey of a thousand miles began with a single click.

Deep Center

My kind of position. No pressure, no embarrassing errors, and no one gets hurt.

It's Not Me

Breaking out of our self-imposed confinements.

Next Year in Jerusalem, Conclusion

A groundbreaking chronicle of spiritual search, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine, April 1977.

My Six-Day War

When I first heard "the word" in my hometown.

Next Year in Jerusalem, Part 2

A groundbreaking chronicle of spiritual search, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine, April 1977.

Reservoir of Faith

The cancer could not stop her from caring for and inspiring others.

Seeing Clearly: A Blind Woman's Vision

The lessons of Passover embodied in one woman's life.

The Body, the Bridge, and the Black Hat

It all started with playing a dead body on an episode of one of the highest-rated series.

Who Will Save the Baby?

A yeshiva student's heroic choice.

Life after the Super Bowl

Football champion Alan Veingrad is still making all the right moves.


Batya Feigenbaum can barely walk, but she sure can soar.

In His Hands

How one man faced the ultimate moment of truth: life or death.

Courage is a Journey

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

My Altered World

After my husband died, it was my youngest daughter who taught me to embrace life again.

Do Angels Need to Dance?

I wished that somehow they had known how to make me feel included, that cold and rainy Sukkot night, rather than ostracized.

The Long and Winding Road

One wandering Jew comes home.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Despite my sincere desire to save the world, I never managed to move past rhetoric and idealism to meaningful action. Then I started learning about Judaism.

My Son, the Fanatic

My son was becoming religious, and I wondered where did I go wrong?

My Bacon Awakening

I was raised a "traditional" Jew. Here's why I gave it up.

A Year of Memory

Looking back on my most difficult year.

Death Is No Longer a Stranger

My one-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with a terminal genetic disorder.

Back to the Shtetl

A pilgrimage to discover my family's roots that the Nazis tried to destroy.

Burning Souls

There are pivotal moments in life when we catch a glimmer of what lies deep within us.

Holywoman: A Roadmap

Climbing the ladder of spiritual attainment.

Mistaken Identity

For three generations, people assumed we weren't Christian, but Jewish. Was there a Jewish connection in my family hidden in the past?

Unconventional Medicine

Time was not on my grandfather's side. But I believed that God was. And He gave me the perfect antidote.

The Lost Torah Mantle

The dramatic retrieval of a long-lost family heirloom.

On the Jewish Road

I don't know where my observance will end up, but I'll never be the spiritually disconnected Jew I once was.

Roger Keeps on Rolling

A former international theater star now inspires audiences with his transformational story.

Mourning the Loss of a Memory

My grandfather died from Alzheimer's, a disease that nibbled away at his mind like a rat.


Some numbers will never fade away.

Keeping Shabbos in Hollywood

I thought they said, "You'll never work in this town again!" only in old movies.

Peering Through the Rainbow

I found my pot o' gold in the place I least expected to.

Grandma's Lesson for Life

A hard-earned lesson about the purpose of life comes suddenly full circle.

My Team

My intense relationship with the San Francisco 49ers taught me how to feel a part of the Jewish People.

Monday, Monday

Think you're having a rough day? Think again.

Hippie Chanukah

Amidst the pre-Xmas frenzy, a group of idealistic college students unexpectedly discover Chanukah's quiet illumination.

A Jewish Child on Christmas

My parents succeeded in creating a wonderful Christmas - yet inside me something was amiss.

My Last Line of Defense

How Chanukah kept me Jewish when all else failed.

Coming to Terms

It's not only a baby we're expecting.

Peanut Butter Time

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

My Strange Request

In Elul anything is possible, even finding your soul mate.

To Life

I'm sure you must have your own -- sometimes painful -- examples to remind you that life is not to be taken for granted. Well here's one more.

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