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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.

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.

Back to Ukraine

Back to Ukraine

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A mass grave, 70 years later.

In This Shadowy World

In This Shadowy World

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A Torah scholar who perished in the Holocaust reveals the meaning of spiritual victory to a woman dying from cancer.

Rebirth

Rebirth

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Our son nearly died in a car accident. Today we are witnessing the miracle of his recovery.

The God of Large and Small

The God of Large and Small

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My day in traffic court.

Seoul Man

Seoul Man

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I have a message for my Korean exchange student, 20 years in the making.

My Enemy, My Friend

My Enemy, My Friend

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My new neighbor wanted nothing to do with religious Jews.

Lessons From My Father

Lessons From My Father

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The most important life lessons I learned are ones that my father never actively tried to teach me. He simply lived them.

Porcelain Unicorn

Porcelain Unicorn

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A short Holocaust film, Grand Prize Winner of the Philips "Tell It Your Way" competition.

What Every Parent Dreads

What Every Parent Dreads

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It was 10 pm when we got the call: "Your son was in a car accident. The situation is very serious. Come to the hospital immediately."

Letter from World War II

Letter from World War II

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In commemoration of U.S. Memorial Day, a letter from an American Jewish soldier to his parents.

My Rat's Tale

My Rat's Tale

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What my rat taught me about joy.

Discovering Angels

Discovering Angels

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How the Jewish Sabbath transformed my life.

Donating My Kidney

Donating My Kidney

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Giving a stranger my kidney was one of my life's most rewarding experiences.

Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

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Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River.

Doomed

Doomed

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Sometimes hitting rock bottom isn't enough.

The Passover Playbook

The Passover Playbook

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A Super Bowl champion shares inspiration from the Haggadah.

When Debra's Heart Stopped

When Debra's Heart Stopped

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Sometimes love can create miracles.

"You are the Jew who lit up my menorah."

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I felt I was the only Jew in the world. Thanks to Aish.com, now I feel part of this big, Jewish worldwide family.

Coming Home From Ramallah

Coming Home From Ramallah

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The son of a Jewish woman and an Arab man struggles with his identity. A true story.

My Personal Purim Miracle

My Personal Purim Miracle

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I'll never forget the moment I was just a prop used in a larger, cosmic drama.

The Skeptic and the Rabbi

The Skeptic and the Rabbi

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I was no spiritual seeker and wary of drinking the kosher Kool-Aid.

God Is Not a Babysitter

God Is Not a Babysitter

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Believing in God after the Holocaust.

Monday, Monday

Monday, Monday

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

Judaism was a Darkly Kept Secret

Judaism was a Darkly Kept Secret

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If it wasn't for Aish.com, Communist Russia would have succeeded in destroying my family's ties to Judaism.

Notes from an Ex-Agnostic

Notes from an Ex-Agnostic

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Sometimes believing is seeing.

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