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My Team

My Team

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

Miriam’s Courage

Miriam’s Courage

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Miriam Spiegel is no ordinary teenager.

Run While You Can

Run While You Can

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My clock is ticking and I know it.

Back to the Shtetl

Back to the Shtetl

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

Painting God

Painting God

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My quest for answers does not preclude a simple, emotional acceptance of God’s presence in the world.

Rav Noah’s Gifts

Rav Noah’s Gifts

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Hardly a day passes that I don’t crave his wise advice and loving care.

Death By Falafel

Death By Falafel

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They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Does that count for sandwiches?

Star Search

Star Search

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From beauty pageants to the silver screen, I ultimately hit the jackpot.

Aish.com’s Top 10 2012

Aish.com’s Top 10 2012

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Revisiting some of the most popular videos and articles of the year.

With Granny in Church

With Granny in Church

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Amanda's Gran and I had shared a moment of understanding – not as friends, nor as adversaries, but as Jew and Gentile.

Karyn's Light

Karyn's Light

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A true story about friendship and lost opportunities.

When Christmas and Hanukkah Crashed

When Christmas and Hanukkah Crashed

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For the first time in my life, I was the only Jew in the group.

The Alphabet of Happiness

The Alphabet of Happiness

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Before me was a fully sentient person who for four years had been silent, pinned down inside the ruins of her body.

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.

Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath

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Sandy brought her game. Now it’s time to bring ours.

My Cancerous Pixel

My Cancerous Pixel

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When life seems to overwhelm, I focus on the Big Picture.

Here’s What I Want

Here’s What I Want

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One day, Josh Bieber lost the use of his left arm and his speech started to slur. His ‘want list’ began to change, dramatically.

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

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My descent into madness.

Mayim Bialik: My Car Accident

Mayim Bialik: My Car Accident

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The Jewish take.

My Song

My Song

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From singing with Gloria Estefan to women-only concerts. One of the most talented female singers in the Jewish world speaks her mind.

Forgiving Daddy

Forgiving Daddy

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Even I am worthy of love.

Who Will Live

Who Will Live

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I lie awake worrying about my upcoming surgery. Will I lose my ability to speak? Will I even wake up?

The Ugly Dog

The Ugly Dog

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Sometimes ugly can be the most beautiful thing in the world.

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.

Surfboard Spirituality

Surfboard Spirituality

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Based on his own life experiences, Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser knows that Judaism can speak to today’s disaffected youth.

My 11 Months of Kaddish

My 11 Months of Kaddish

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How saying Kaddish for my father changed my life.

The Last Kindness

The Last Kindness

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One night the hevra kadisha called. Despite my squeamishness, they needed my help.

Silence is Not an Option

Silence is Not an Option

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Born and raised in Poland, I assumed my mother’s Holocaust burden.

B-2730

B-2730

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Some numbers will never fade away.

The Narrow Bridge

The Narrow Bridge

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Coming to grips with my father’s untimely death.

Matisyahu: Exclusive Interview

Matisyahu: Exclusive Interview

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With honesty and candor, the reggae star discusses his spiritual journey and redefining his Jewish identity.

The Jewish Tattoo

The Jewish Tattoo

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Daniel expected his Star of David tattoo to provoke a physical struggle with others. Instead it provoked a spiritual struggle within himself.

Swimming through the Pain

Swimming through the Pain

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Ten years ago Asael Shabo lost his mother, three siblings and a leg to a terrorist. Now he’s on course to the 2016 Olympics.

My Father, The Alchemist

My Father, The Alchemist

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How did my father transform himself into gold?

Still Wonderful

Still Wonderful

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Out of the blue, Efryim Shore became paralyzed from the neck down.

A Simple Twist of Faith

A Simple Twist of Faith

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How did a Baptist, country girl like me, raised in the Bible Belt, become an observant Jew?

A Button's Life

A Button's Life

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Everyone has a mission in life. But what about me?

Mayim Bialik: Mikvah Connoisseur

Mayim Bialik: Mikvah Connoisseur

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The ‘Big Bang Theory’ star speaks frankly about her Jewish identity.

Winking at the Angel of Death

Winking at the Angel of Death

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She first met him in the ghettos. Now she had only a few minutes before he’d finally reach her.

The Horse in the Gate

The Horse in the Gate

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In a God-directed world, you're never stuck.

The Angel in Shiny Shoes

The Angel in Shiny Shoes

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One child’s determination and the kindness of a stranger. A true story.

Saved by a Prayer

Saved by a Prayer

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One Jew's miraculous story.

Marked for Eternity

Marked for Eternity

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A true "Jewish" story from the Titanic's ill-fated voyage.

Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt”l: Living for Others

Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt”l: Living for Others

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A close student explains why the Jewish world mourns this great rabbi.

Change Agent

Change Agent

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How I discovered the keys to social activism in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Jerusalem.

The Anti-Missionary

The Anti-Missionary

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Sometimes it takes one to know one.

Planting a Tree of Life

Planting a Tree of Life

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Cremating my mother was the worst decision I ever made. How could I make it up to her?

What the Flowers Taught Us

What the Flowers Taught Us

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Our history as a family was gone. A vanished empire, with only three orphans left to witness that it had ever been.

The Guru and the Hasid

The Guru and the Hasid

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The stranger-than-fiction true story of Swami Vijayananda.

My Terrible Secret

My Terrible Secret

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A past trauma was silently wreaking havoc on my life.

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