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Reservation Detour

Reservation Detour

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A dramatic route to self-discovery includes a detour at Indian reservations in South Dakota.

The Royal Jew From Swaziland

The Royal Jew From Swaziland

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An accidental encounter with Hebrew alters the destiny of an African prince.

Organic Radiation

Organic Radiation

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Fighting cancer with a combination of sprouts, prayer and traditional medicine.

Jewish Life on an Aircraft Carrier

Jewish Life on an Aircraft Carrier

by John David Shelton

A Southern Baptist, en route to conversion, talks about God and life in the U.S. Navy.

Coma

Coma

by Judy Doobov

The doctors told me my grandmother was essentially dead. But she seemed too feisty to just disappear into a coma. My instincts told me: Talk to her!

Protection in Tahoe

Protection in Tahoe

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A surrealistic car crash triggers an uncanny string of events.

Suffering and Consolation: A Father's Perspective

Suffering and Consolation: A Father's Perspective

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My daughter's battle with leukemia taught me how to find consolation even in the midst of terrible pain.

Serenity Lost and Found

Serenity Lost and Found

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Early morning in a birthing hospital, amid the joyous sound of a baby's first cry, my wife gave birth to silence.

My History, Validated

My History, Validated

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Something big had happened that I didn't want to know about. My history had shoved itself into my face, and I couldn't make it disappear.

Meeting God at Harvard

Meeting God at Harvard

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How did I get to be here at this exclusive WASPy garden party among the Kennedys and the Rockefellers? Then the answer hit me: by running away.

Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President

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Sometimes great people do write back.

Not So Small Miracles

Not So Small Miracles

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God is always communicating with us. Sometimes it takes a miracle for us to get the message.

Lights At The End Of The Tunnel

Lights At The End Of The Tunnel

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My personal struggles with infertility.

Victories of the Heart

Victories of the Heart

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A memoir of my mother's hardest battles.

Search and Recovery

Search and Recovery

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A mother, whose son perished in the Twin Towers, searches for elusive "closure."

Football Victory: A Yom Kippur Story

Football Victory: A Yom Kippur Story

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Not all wins take place on the playing field.

9/11: One Year Later

9/11: One Year Later

by Jack Alvo

How life has changed for one World Trade Center survivor.

My Thirst for Spirituality

My Thirst for Spirituality

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My return to Judaism and the many detours along the way.

The Yo-Yo In the Window

The Yo-Yo In the Window

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When I was 20, I spent my junior year in college in France to run away from Judaism. But God had other plans for me.

Father Dear

Father Dear

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A story about abandonment and the deep bonds of love.

Saying Goodbye to Ruchama Rivka: A Father's Eulogy

Saying Goodbye to Ruchama Rivka: A Father's Eulogy

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After a 12-year bout with leukemia, a teenager's parents say goodbye.

Keeping Kosher, Kicking and Screaming

Keeping Kosher, Kicking and Screaming

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A cosmic conspiracy to get one man to keep kosher.

The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm

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God sent a letter and used half the Mediterranean as stationery.

Growth Through Rules

Growth Through Rules

by Louis Renaldo

From reductionism to Judaism: A convert describes his path to Jewish observance and spiritual fulfillment.

Arriving At Sinai

Arriving At Sinai

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One woman's search for her life's compass.

Choosing Life

Choosing Life

by Miriam Luxenberg

Despite doctors' dire warnings of a problematic pregnancy, a couple decides to go full term.

The Terrorist and the Builder

The Terrorist and the Builder

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How to feel good amidst catastrophe.

Daredevil on the Bridge

Daredevil on the Bridge

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Clarity sometimes comes when you least expect it.

For Myself, A New History

For Myself, A New History

by Jenna Ziman

A recent convert to Judaism describes her spiritual odyssey.

In the Light of the Bereaved

In the Light of the Bereaved

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Seth and Sherri Mandell's remarkable mission to Asia brought a profound message of peace and hope amidst the darkness.

Pulling the Plug

Pulling the Plug

by Miriam Luxenberg

When our baby went into a coma, the moral dilemma began.

Taharah: A Personal Look at the Jewish Way of Death and Burial

Taharah: A Personal Look at the Jewish Way of Death and Burial

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The mysteries of life and death provide one woman an unusual gateway into the meaning and beauty of traditional Judaism.

Looking for God

Looking for God

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God is intimately involved in all that happens in our lives. And if what happens is cancer, then not only does He know about it, He makes it happen.

Fooling Ourselves

Fooling Ourselves

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One man's story of the self-deception and honesty that clashes inside all of us.

Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet

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My mother, a Holocaust survivor, always said, "You can be a Jew on the inside, but not on the outside." It was just too risky.

Cancer's Surprising Gift

Cancer's Surprising Gift

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When my wife was diagnosed with cancer, something odd happened. Her anger at God went away.

Lessons From Elana

Lessons From Elana

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An Aish UK rabbi, whose wife passed away some weeks ago, shares some profound lessons he has learned.

Heroes: A True Story

Heroes: A True Story

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God becomes believable when life becomes unbelievable. *

The Day My Brother Died

The Day My Brother Died

by Deborah

Ten years after her brother was killed in an auto accident, a young woman reflects back on what she learned.

The Power of Pickled Tomatoes

The Power of Pickled Tomatoes

by R. M. Grossblatt

A great sage and leader of American Jewry teaches a lesson about small acts of caring.

Shai's Big Hit

Shai's Big Hit

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There are special moments in life when we touch God's perfection. Here's one of them.

When Walls Speak

When Walls Speak

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A recent convert to Judaism discovers that spirituality is embedded not only in souls, but also in the bricks of a wall.

Changing The World

Changing The World

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By way of feminism, socialism and idealism, a small Jewish spark turns into a passionate flame.

Shwarma: A Love Story

Shwarma: A Love Story

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Sometimes a person needs to meditate and think about things. Most of the time he just needs to eat something greasy.

Buddhism, Judaism, and The Great Cheerio Fiasco

Buddhism, Judaism, and The Great Cheerio Fiasco

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Many Jews turn to Buddhism to rise to spiritual heights. Judaism says, "Take the whole world up with you."

Of Angels And Poinsettias

Of Angels And Poinsettias

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Angels can be created by human beings. My father taught me how.

Breaking the Comfort Barrier

Breaking the Comfort Barrier

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Forget the holiday hike. A real spiritual path is steep and challenging.

Holy Fire

Holy Fire

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When Esh Kodesh was a boy, he wished his kindergarten teacher: "May they not kill you. May you not die young." Last month, he died at age 25, gunned down by an Arab terrorist.

Alice's Cake

Alice's Cake

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Israel is traumatized when a terrorist bomb maims three children, but one woman is catapulted to a new level of gratitude.

Lieberman's Connecticut Wasn't My Connecticut

Lieberman's Connecticut Wasn't My Connecticut

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I was a Jewish kid who didn't know what it meant to be Jewish, who was painfully, earnestly trying to fit in by concealing the Jewishness I knew nothing about.

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