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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.

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.

The Secret Diary

The Secret Diary

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A diary written in German unravels a mystery that changes a woman's life.

Divergent Paths

Divergent Paths

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My brother married a Catholic and abandoned Judaism. I married a Jew and became observant.

Aish.com's Best of 2011

Aish.com's Best of 2011

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Revisiting the most popular articles and videos of the year.

Chanukah in the Locked Ward

Chanukah in the Locked Ward

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Lighting the menorah after my nervous breakdown.

Chosen

Chosen

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It was 1959, and it was me, a Jewish kid in elementary school, against Gagliano, Stamingo and O’Mera. What chance did I have?

Sleepless in New Jersey

Sleepless in New Jersey

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What if living out the dreams of your ancestors keeps you up at night?

Confessions of a Flaming Baal Teshuva

Confessions of a Flaming Baal Teshuva

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Living an observant life is beautiful and it needs to be expressed in an atmosphere of love and respect.

My Long Road Home

My Long Road Home

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

Beyond Just Desserts: A Recipe of Thanksgiving

Beyond Just Desserts: A Recipe of Thanksgiving

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Seventy-five orphan girls in Calcutta taught me the real meaning of thanksgiving.

Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly

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I grew up with the four H's: Holy Land, Holocaust, Hebrew and Holidays. But it was the fifth H that changed my life.

Let Go of the Mouse

Let Go of the Mouse

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An antidote for control freaks.

Life's Most Important App

Life's Most Important App

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Appreciating more with less.

In the Sukkah

In the Sukkah

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In that temporary shack we felt our permanence.

Identifying Your Life’s Mission

Identifying Your Life’s Mission

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This Rosh Hashanah, electrify your life with purpose.

The Chain of Life

The Chain of Life

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I don’t want to be stereotyped as the girl who lost her dad in 9/11.

Encounters with Elijah

Encounters with Elijah

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Elijah the Prophet showed me what it means to be a Jewish princess.

World's Greatest Love Story

World's Greatest Love Story

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Nancy and Howard Kleinberg's love story is nothing short of a miracle.

Abba, Where Are You?

Abba, Where Are You?

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I'll never forget the day we found out my father had cancer.

My Encounter with Hemingway

My Encounter with Hemingway

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Judaism is a religion of life.

The Spanish Inquisition and Me

The Spanish Inquisition and Me

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Becoming a Jew was my greatest act of defiance.

Death, My Companion

Death, My Companion

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The doctor told me I had a fatal disease, and at age 77 I realized I'm actually going to die.

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