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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.

My Parents vs. My Own Life

My Parents vs. My Own Life

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When does, “I have to live my own life” become selfishness?

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

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.

What’s a Former Christian, Orthodox Woman Doing as Dean of an Israeli University?

What’s a Former Christian, Orthodox Woman Doing as Dean of an Israeli University?

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Malka Schaps, a world-renowned professor of mathematics, is smashing glass ceilings.

No Complaints

No Complaints

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My father’s unwavering faith in the shadow of cancer.

Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a Happy Life
Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a Happy Life

Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a Happy Life

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The 17-year-old Jewish teen died from progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes accelerated aging. He embraced life with joy, following these three principles.

A Life Not with Standing

A Life Not with Standing

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Invisible, inaudible, inanimate: my adventures in a wheelchair.

How Orthodox Jews Taught Me Yoga

How Orthodox Jews Taught Me Yoga

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A yoga teacher encounters Jewish spirituality with religious Jews in Israel for the first time.

Activist on Skates

Activist on Skates

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Champion of academics, athletics and the arts, Loren Galler Rabinowitz is focused on her role as a third-generation Holocaust survivor.

From Mountain Mama to Yiddishe Mama

From Mountain Mama to Yiddishe Mama

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The true story of an Appalachian family of 12 who converted to Judaism.

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

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They said Maickel Melamed would never walk. Now he runs marathons to inspire others.

Our Cancer Miracle

Our Cancer Miracle

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Hanukkah is the time to acknowledge miracles. This year our family experienced an amazing one.

When God Sends You a Message…

When God Sends You a Message…

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It would be nice to have caller ID.

The Black Miracle: A Hanukkah Poetry Slam
The Black Miracle: A Hanukkah Poetry Slam

The Black Miracle: A Hanukkah Poetry Slam

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Nissim Black’s search for light amidst the darkness.

Judaism, Sacrifice, and the Education of Alex Clare

Judaism, Sacrifice, and the Education of Alex Clare

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Before he became famous, the observant pop star gave up his career in order to stick to his Jewish beliefs.

When Grandfather Died

When Grandfather Died

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Helping my young children navigate their loss.

Loving Michael

Loving Michael

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After the divorce my son broke my heart. But to my surprise, it didn’t shatter. It broke open.

The Odd Odyssey of a Country Club Jew

The Odd Odyssey of a Country Club Jew

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One woman’s personal crusade against assimilation and intermarriage.

The Secret Life of Gershon Burd

The Secret Life of Gershon Burd

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The hidden deeds of the man we thought we knew.

How Rebbetzin Heller Changed My Life

How Rebbetzin Heller Changed My Life

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In memory of Rabbi Dovid Heller, of blessed memory.

The Evil Eye Remover

The Evil Eye Remover

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Worldly problems deserve an otherworldly response – for $101.

The Fateful Holocaust Secret

The Fateful Holocaust Secret

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A mother who buried her Jewish identity, and her son’s astonishing quest to reclaim it.