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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.

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.

It's Not Me

It's Not Me

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Breaking out of our self-imposed confinements.

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.

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.

Peering Through the Rainbow

Peering Through the Rainbow

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I found my pot o' gold in the place I least expected to.

Grandma's Lesson for Life

Grandma's Lesson for Life

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A hard-earned lesson about the purpose of life comes suddenly full circle.

Hippie Chanukah

Hippie Chanukah

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Amidst the pre-Xmas frenzy, a group of idealistic college students unexpectedly discover Chanukah's quiet illumination.

My Last Line of Defense

My Last Line of Defense

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How Chanukah kept me Jewish when all else failed.

Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms

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It's not only a baby we're expecting.

Judaism: Opening the Closed Door

Judaism: Opening the Closed Door

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From White House Christmas parties to the Tefillin challenge.

Peanut Butter Time

Peanut Butter Time

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A deadly diagnosis can cut through the fog of petty concerns and yield a striking clarity.

Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds

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Hovering inexplicably between the known and the unknown, my dying Grandma was struggling with some unfinished business.

My Strange Request

My Strange Request

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In Elul anything is possible, even finding your soul mate.

To Life

To Life

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I'm sure you must have your own -- sometimes painful -- examples to remind you that life is not to be taken for granted. Well here's one more.

My Second Chance at Life

My Second Chance at Life

by Eliyahu Gelfand

Over four days, I nearly died half a dozen times.

Building Your Own Temple

Building Your Own Temple

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My 11-year-old daughter came a lot closer than most of us ever will to really understanding the true meaning of Tisha B'Av.

Mr. Stein's Mysterious Ailment

Mr. Stein's Mysterious Ailment

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There were no sudden bolts of light, but I knew that right in front of me was a miracle.

Pillars of Strength

Pillars of Strength

by Valerie Reitman

A wheelchair-bound couple draw on faith and a positive outlook in raising twins.

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