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Smile, At All Costs

Smile, At All Costs

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Alcohol was my refuge from my father’s incessant demands for perfection.

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections
Chief Editor's Blog

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections

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How the Jewish mourning laws counteract the upheaval left in death’s wake.

Saying Goodbye to Mom
Chief Editor's Blog

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.

My Death Scare

My Death Scare

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A potential cancer diagnosis helped me discover the value of time.

The Hidden Jews of Montana?

The Hidden Jews of Montana?

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Sarah McConnell and the indestructible power of the Jewish spark.

Finding Patience

Finding Patience

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We were newly married, just moved to Israel and everything was going wrong.

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.

A Little Cancer

A Little Cancer

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With her indomitable fighting spirit, Daffy Friedman battled cancer and changed her life.

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.

My Fight for Freedom in Iran

My Fight for Freedom in Iran

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I could not accept the constraints imposed upon me as a Jew growing up in Iran.

Coping with the Death of My Father

Coping with the Death of My Father

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I was 16 when my life was shattered by my father’s death. These three lessons helped me get through the darkness.

Oliver Sacks on Facing Death

Oliver Sacks on Facing Death

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Will my last days be filled with gratitude or regret?

Tongue Untied

Tongue Untied

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How my son overcame his debilitating stutter and became an inspirational speaker.

Michael Jackson and My Yarmulke

Michael Jackson and My Yarmulke

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I told the King of Pop that he wasn’t the King of the universe.

My Ugly Engagement Ring

My Ugly Engagement Ring

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With abiding love, my husband designed my unique ring. I opened the box and was aghast. I hated it.

Saving Dunera’s Jews: Tales of the Sea
Saving Dunera’s Jews: Tales of the Sea

Saving Dunera’s Jews: Tales of the Sea

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The dramatic true story of how German Jews were rescued from Nazi submarines in 1940.

Just an Ordinary Jew

Just an Ordinary Jew

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My slow Jewish renewal.

Does Being Religious Help You Get a Job?

Does Being Religious Help You Get a Job?

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In or out of Hollywood, it sure is a good question.

Repairing the Gap

Repairing the Gap

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In my sister’s eyes, I became a foreign entity: a religiously observant Jew. As the gap widened, my sadness deepened.

Merry Shpitzvinkel!

Merry Shpitzvinkel!

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How my father’s journey from Santa Claus to a gift-lugging dog in a drainpipe led me to Judaism, sort of.

My Holocaust Revenge

My Holocaust Revenge

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I made a vow: If I survived Buchenwald, I would return and kill the mayor’s wife.

My Moment at the Kotel

My Moment at the Kotel

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God, I want to know what can I get here that I can't get anywhere else?

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.

Rider on the Storm

Rider on the Storm

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The storm came and suddenly I was being hit with six-foot waves, zero visibility and a sinking kayak.

My Life with Asperger’s

My Life with Asperger’s

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Despite the fact that I can be awkward, Asperger’s is something I can use to help better other people's lives.

A Torah for the Army

A Torah for the Army

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A new Torah scroll for the U.S. military re-writes a legacy.

Ready to Come Home

Ready to Come Home

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A long time ago I ran away from home. Little did I know that it would teach me the meaning of Sukkot.

Boris in Prison on Yom Kippur

Boris in Prison on Yom Kippur

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A mountain of a man, here was a Jew totally ignorant about Judaism willing to risk his life for being Jewish.

The Muslim Spy who Became a Jew

The Muslim Spy who Became a Jew

by Avraham Sinai, as told to Chananya Bleich

Avraham Sinai was a Hezbollah informant who risked his life for Israel.

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

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The death of my husband forced me to reexamine the purpose of my existence.

Max’s Mission

Max’s Mission

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The short life and heroic death of Max Steinberg.

A Special Soul

A Special Soul

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How my special needs sibling changed our family and our community.

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

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An elegy to the Jewish people for the 17th of Tammuz.

My 18 Days of Waiting

My 18 Days of Waiting

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My story is different, but I relate to the horror the three families experienced not knowing if your child will survive.

Don’t Be Nice to Me

Don’t Be Nice to Me

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Yes, I broke my ankle – now leave me alone.

Tears and Shattered Prayers

Tears and Shattered Prayers

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An open letter to the three boys.

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Rabbi Benjamin Blech

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

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Out of the blue, the Rebbe summoned me. He wanted to send me on a challenging mission.

Chicken Soup for the Mind

Chicken Soup for the Mind

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A Chinese girl forced me to confront what it means to be Jewish.

Adopted: The Search for My Heritage

Adopted: The Search for My Heritage

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My difficult search for proof of my Jewish identity.

Jewish on the Outside

Jewish on the Outside

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Eli Schwebel’s journey to discovering his heart.

My Strange Relationship with Daniel Pearl

My Strange Relationship with Daniel Pearl

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Can an embodied spirit be connected in some way to a disembodied one?

Izzy’s Mission

Izzy’s Mission

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Learning how to embrace challenge from Shmuel and Chani Zundell’s inspiring example.

Love without Conditions

Love without Conditions

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Grappling with the death of my husband.

The Missing Peace

The Missing Peace

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Utilizing Judaism’s spiritual principles opened my heart to discover a purpose-driven life.

Marvin’s Dance

Marvin’s Dance

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Marvin Casey’s amazing journey from black, Church-going hip hop dancer to yeshiva student, English/dance instructor in Israel.

God's Calling Card

God's Calling Card

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Sometimes receiving a sign that God is orchestrating events can transform one’s life.

To the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter

To the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter

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A powerful lesson in forgiveness – and being a role model for your kids.

A Bum Deal
A Bum Deal

A Bum Deal

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Rufus Hannah's remarkable true story of unspeakable exploitation and redemption, and the man who saved him.

Broken Hand, Opened Heart

Broken Hand, Opened Heart

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Control freaks like me have a hard time asking for help.