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One Town, 7 Churches, No Synagogue & My Son’s Kippah

One Town, 7 Churches, No Synagogue & My Son’s Kippah

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My son wore his new kippah publicly, like a billboard announcing his heritage. I didn’t want him to stick out.

Pregnancy, Birth and Death

Pregnancy, Birth and Death

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One couple’s painful journey through miscarriage and death of a baby.

Let Go of the Mouse

Let Go of the Mouse

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An antidote for control freaks.

My First Hanukkah in Communist Russia

My First Hanukkah in Communist Russia

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No one saw my pitiful menorah. Little did I know how that small flame would grow into a huge light.

Victim of Rape

Victim of Rape

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How I learned to stop blaming myself and rewrite my script.

God and I

God and I

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My conversion to Judaism.

My Encounter with Hemingway

My Encounter with Hemingway

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Judaism is a religion of life.

The Rabid Anti-Semite who became a Proud Jew

The Rabid Anti-Semite who became a Proud Jew

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Co-founder of Hungary’s far-right, anti-Semitic party discovers he’s Jewish, forcing him to rethink his life and reconnect to his roots.

Define <I>Perfect</I>

Define Perfect

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One morning at school, my perfect bubble burst when I found bumps in my neck.

Please Don't Tell Me How Good I Look

Please Don't Tell Me How Good I Look

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My severe acne means the drugs I’m taking for inoperable lung cancer are working.

Henny Machlis: A Truly Great Jewish Woman

Henny Machlis: A Truly Great Jewish Woman

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How did an ordinary Jew from Brooklyn become one of the greatest lights of our times?

The Unveiling
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The Unveiling

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I went to Toronto expecting to confront my mother's death more deeply; I encountered instead my father's remarkable dedication to life.

How Rebbetzin Jungreis Changed My Life

How Rebbetzin Jungreis Changed My Life

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Now it’s our turn to help her.

A Taste of Heaven

A Taste of Heaven

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An incredible Jerusalem family brings the beauty of Shabbat to the world.

 #Human: A Story from Bergen-Belsen  #Human: A Story from Bergen-Belsen

#Human: A Story from Bergen-Belsen

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Born in 1933, Francine Christophe was deported with her mother at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Released the following year, she continues to share her experience.

My Long Road Home

My Long Road Home

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My path to Judaism began with the question: What would Jesus do?

Saved by a Prayer

Saved by a Prayer

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One Jew's miraculous story.

Birthright Launched My Jewish Journey

Birthright Launched My Jewish Journey

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

Paid In Full

Paid In Full

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The value of love. A touching story to share before Yom Kippur.

My Journey from Chinese to Jewish

My Journey from Chinese to Jewish

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A chance encounter with a Bible launched my 16-year road to conversion.

Pesos From Heaven: A New Year’s Message

Pesos From Heaven: A New Year’s Message

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My parents are no longer in this world, but we still keep in touch.

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

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
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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
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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.