My Kosher Kitchen

What possessed me to make my kitchen kosher?

My Treacherous Journey across the Ethiopian Desert

A 4-year-old girl and her family risk their lives fleeing Ethiopia to reach the land of Israel.

Dying with Faith

My father gave us the most important speech of his life.

Antumalal

In a legendary hotel in the wilds of Chile, I discovered an amazing story.

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

An anti-Semitic sergeant couldn’t stop a Holocaust survivor who heroically served in the US Army from getting his Medal of Honor.

Smile, At All Costs

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

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections

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

Saying Goodbye to Mom

My mother was a strong, opinionated dynamo. How could she be gone, just like that?

The Dragon Slayer

Almost totally paralyzed, Marcie Alter vanquishes dragons with her sword of courage and determination.

My Death Scare

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

The Hidden Jews of Montana?

Sarah McConnell and the indestructible power of the Jewish spark.

Finding Patience

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

In Dachau, Liberation Day

Sometimes life tugs your elbow to make sure you're paying attention. This was one of those days.

A Little Cancer

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

Faith after Heartbreak

After his wife’s sudden death, Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz is determined to live with meaning and joy.

My Fight for Freedom in Iran

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

Coping with the Death of My Father

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

Will my last days be filled with gratitude or regret?

Tongue Untied

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

Michael Jackson and My Yarmulke

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

My Ugly Engagement Ring

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

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

Just an Ordinary Jew

My slow Jewish renewal.

Does Being Religious Help You Get a Job?

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

Repairing the Gap

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

Merry Shpitzvinkel!

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

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

My Moment at the Kotel

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

Beyond Just Desserts: A Recipe of Thanksgiving

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

Rider on the Storm

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

My Life with Asperger’s

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

Ready to Come Home

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

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

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

Rock Bottom

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

Max’s Mission

The short life and heroic death of Max Steinberg.

A Special Soul

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

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

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

My 18 Days of Waiting

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

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

Tears and Shattered Prayers

An open letter to the three boys.

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

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

Chicken Soup for the Mind

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

Adopted: The Search for My Heritage

My difficult search for proof of my Jewish identity.

Jewish on the Outside

Eli Schwebel’s journey to discovering his heart.

My Strange Relationship with Daniel Pearl

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

Izzy’s Mission

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

Love without Conditions

Grappling with the death of my husband.

The Missing Peace

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

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