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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Back to Ukraine

Back to Ukraine

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A mass grave, 70 years later.

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.

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.

Seoul Man

Seoul Man

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

The God of Large and Small

The God of Large and Small

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My day in traffic court.

My Enemy, My Friend

My Enemy, My Friend

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My new neighbor wanted nothing to do with religious Jews.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

From Song to Song

From Song to Song

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On stage I hid behind my mike stand. Until I discovered the music of my soul.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

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We are never traveling solo.

Soul Shyne

Soul Shyne

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The famous rapper tells of life in prison and thriving as a Jew.

My Mixed Jewish-Arab Identity

My Mixed Jewish-Arab Identity

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Making peace with my two lives.

The Uninvited Guest

The Uninvited Guest

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I was in excellent physical condition. I never smoked. How could I have lung cancer?

The Dry Cleaner Syndrome

The Dry Cleaner Syndrome

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A new definition for insanity.

The Jewish Wrestler

The Jewish Wrestler

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Greg Herman has stepped back in the ring.

The Test

The Test

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If we practice being a good person we will become one.

My Son the Doctor-Murderer

My Son the Doctor-Murderer

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Unconditional love and the holiday of Sukkot.

Failure to Appear

Failure to Appear

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My petrifying experience in jail changed my life.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

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After taking another man's life, a petty criminal changes the direction of his life.

Preparing for Rosh Hashanah

Preparing for Rosh Hashanah

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The secret to an inspiring new year.

Getting High

Getting High

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The guru's special mantra would give him a constant high. But there was an unexpected catch.

Encounter in the Grand Canyon

Encounter in the Grand Canyon

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I was running away from my Jewish identity. A stranger's reproach turned my world around.

The Crushed Cake

The Crushed Cake

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For this group of fifth graders, the cake could not have tasted better.

No Magic Wand

No Magic Wand

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I wanted faith without duties, a God that provided not only the cure but also the motivation.

Fissures

Fissures

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I've lost my connection to the past, and no matter how much time passes, there is a crevice in my heart.