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The Book of Fire

The Book of Fire

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As a child, the horrors of the Holocaust mirrored the incendiary chaos of my home life.

From Germany to Jerusalem

From Germany to Jerusalem

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My long road to becoming Jewish.

My Exodus from Porn Addiction

My Exodus from Porn Addiction

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My personal journey to freedom using Torah and the 12-step program.

From Homeless to Harvard

From Homeless to Harvard

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Passover is the time to tell your story.

Passover & the Power of Love

Passover & the Power of Love

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After the tragic death of my rabbi and Rebbetzin, my Passover memories are awash with saltwater tears.

Ayelet’s Enduring Spirit

Ayelet’s Enduring Spirit

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Hindy Poupko Galena’s heart-rending story of inspiration and tragedy.

With One Heart

With One Heart

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Growing up with four developmentally disabled brothers.

The Yizkor Club

The Yizkor Club

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Entering this mysterious, exclusive club provided a surprising connection to my mother.

SportsKids of the Year

SportsKids of the Year

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An inspiring story of two brothers. Share it with your family.

Keeping Shabbos in Hollywood

Keeping Shabbos in Hollywood

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

The Paperboy From Heaven

The Paperboy From Heaven

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In the midst of the most sacred of my bachelor rituals – pizza and Monday Night Football – a knock on the door ended up changing my life.

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 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.