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When Alzheimer's Hits Home

When Alzheimer's Hits Home

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I knew taking care of my mother with Alzheimer's would not be easy, but I didn't realize it could also be so rewarding.

The Nazi Mascot

The Nazi Mascot

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Almost all his life Alex Kurzem has kept a lonely secret.

Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

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Our disabled son has taught me to embrace the simple and everyday beauty of life.

Chanukah in the Soviet Gulag

Chanukah in the Soviet Gulag

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When the enemy answered "amen."

Rabbi Akiva's Optimism

Rabbi Akiva's Optimism

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How the Jewish People managed to persevere throughout the arduous centuries of exile.

The Possible Dream

The Possible Dream

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Sometimes dreams come true. And sometimes the truth becomes a dream.

Two are Better than One

Two are Better than One

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They had been married 62 years and there were no children. Every day she sat by his side, willing him to get better and come home.

Choosing to See

Choosing to See

by Jenna Handler

We don't need 20/20 vision to see God's hand in the world, or to feel His love.

A Kiss from Above

A Kiss from Above

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Don't wait for a near miss with a bus to realize that God is guiding your every step.

Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure

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They like us in Poland, now that we're dead.

My Palace, My Sukkah

My Palace, My Sukkah

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Every little girl dreams of being a queen in her own palace. One day in India, I tripped into my childhood fantasy.

Inspired Chicken Soup

Inspired Chicken Soup

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Sometimes the way to a man's soul is through his stomach.

Stepping into the Sukkah

Stepping into the Sukkah

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My unexpected portal into the rich spiritual world of Judaism.

An American Jew in Russia

An American Jew in Russia

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All Jews have a still small voice inside of them that says, "I am a Jew."

This Year in Uman

This Year in Uman

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What happens when a Jew who is a slave to creature comforts finds himself on Rosh Hashana in Uman, Ukraine, with 30,000 Chassidim and no hot running water?

A Tree Falls in Boro Park

A Tree Falls in Boro Park

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After ten years, Jerusalem had yielded no career and no man. It was time to go to the city of intense dating.

More Holy Woman

More Holy Woman

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An exclusive excerpt from Sara Rigler's must-read new book.

Scavenging for Shells

Scavenging for Shells

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Death is like a tsunami, threatening to sweep away everything in its path.

God and I

God and I

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My conversion to Judaism.

Letting My Hair Grow Again

Letting My Hair Grow Again

by Arwen Kuttner

As a cancer survivor, I wanted to wear a badge

Googling to God

Googling to God

by Jonathan Milner

My spiritual journey of a thousand miles began with a single click.

Deep Center

Deep Center

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My kind of position. No pressure, no embarrassing errors, and no one gets hurt.

Next Year in Jerusalem, Conclusion

Next Year in Jerusalem, Conclusion

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A groundbreaking chronicle of spiritual search, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine, April 1977.

Next Year in Jerusalem, Part 2

Next Year in Jerusalem, Part 2

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A groundbreaking chronicle of spiritual search, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine, April 1977.

Reservoir of Faith

Reservoir of Faith

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The cancer could not stop her from caring for and inspiring others.

Seeing Clearly: A Blind Woman's Vision

Seeing Clearly: A Blind Woman's Vision

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The lessons of Passover embodied in one woman's life.

The Body, the Bridge, and the Black Hat

The Body, the Bridge, and the Black Hat

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It all started with playing a dead body on an episode of one of the highest-rated series.

Who Will Save the Baby?

Who Will Save the Baby?

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A yeshiva student's heroic choice.

A Super Bowl to Remember

A Super Bowl to Remember

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God had some other plans for me that day besides watching TV and stuffing myself with popcorn.

Life after the Super Bowl

Life after the Super Bowl

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Football champion Alan Veingrad is still making all the right moves.

Handicaps

Handicaps

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Batya Feigenbaum can barely walk, but she sure can soar.

In His Hands

In His Hands

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How one man faced the ultimate moment of truth: life or death.

Courage is a Journey

Courage is a Journey

by Sasha Yonah Bas Kunah Chana

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

My Altered World

My Altered World

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After my husband died, it was my youngest daughter who taught me to embrace life again.

Do Angels Need to Dance?

Do Angels Need to Dance?

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I wished that somehow they had known how to make me feel included, that cold and rainy Sukkot night, rather than ostracized.

The Long and Winding Road

The Long and Winding Road

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One wandering Jew comes home.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Think Globally, Act Locally

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Despite my sincere desire to save the world, I never managed to move past rhetoric and idealism to meaningful action. Then I started learning about Judaism.

My Son, the Fanatic

My Son, the Fanatic

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My son was becoming religious, and I wondered where did I go wrong?

My Bacon Awakening

My Bacon Awakening

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I was raised a "traditional" Jew. Here's why I gave it up.

A Year of Memory

A Year of Memory

by Arwen Kuttner

Looking back on my most difficult year.

Death Is No Longer a Stranger

Death Is No Longer a Stranger

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My one-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with a terminal genetic disorder.

Her Name was Patience

Her Name was Patience

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She was unusual and the kids knew it. The time has come to ask her forgiveness.

Burning Souls

Burning Souls

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There are pivotal moments in life when we catch a glimmer of what lies deep within us.

Holywoman: A Roadmap

Holywoman: A Roadmap

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Climbing the ladder of spiritual attainment.

Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

by Sarah Plane

For three generations, people assumed we weren't Christian, but Jewish. Was there a Jewish connection in my family hidden in the past?

Unconventional Medicine

Unconventional Medicine

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Time was not on my grandfather's side. But I believed that God was. And He gave me the perfect antidote.

The Lost Torah Mantle

The Lost Torah Mantle

by Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser

The dramatic retrieval of a long-lost family heirloom.

On the Jewish Road

On the Jewish Road

by Natalie Aloyets Artel

I don't know where my observance will end up, but I'll never be the spiritually disconnected Jew I once was.

Roger Keeps on Rolling

Roger Keeps on Rolling

by Jonathan Udren

A former international theater star now inspires audiences with his transformational story.

Mourning the Loss of a Memory

Mourning the Loss of a Memory

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My grandfather died from Alzheimer's, a disease that nibbled away at his mind like a rat.

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