Spiritual Odysseys
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Pick Up the Phone

Pick Up the Phone

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I hadn't thought much of Michael in the last three years. Until a few weeks ago when I heard that he had died of a sudden heart attack.

A Member of the Club

A Member of the Club

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Death has never been an infrequent occurrence. But I wasn't in the know.

More Life to Live

More Life to Live

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Mr. Meyer had less than a 1% chance walking out of the hospital. But that was only according to science.

My Friend in Heaven

My Friend in Heaven

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I could not believe her luck. She had a wheelchair, she was sick and to top it all off, she had been in the hospital with all those presents

In the Big Inning

In the Big Inning

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The Florida Marlins were so much fun to watch because something came from nothing.

Divine Baseball Blooper

Divine Baseball Blooper

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With his team's miraculous World Series performance on the field, one young man marvels at his own miraculous feat.

Growing Up Sisters

Growing Up Sisters

by Laura Singer

Decades of hurt and strain finally give way to understanding and reconciliation.

The Night the Lights Burned On

The Night the Lights Burned On

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All you need for a wedding celebration is people power.

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

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I used to think that Jewish unity meant all of us being the same. Naphtali showed me otherwise.

My Five Weeks with Cancer

My Five Weeks with Cancer

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Everything I need, I have. Everything I have, I need.

Determined to Live

Determined to Live

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How the Jewish people came together to save a special woman.

The Few, The Proud,  The...Jewish?

The Few, The Proud, The...Jewish?

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I had indispensable training in becoming an observant Jew: the U.S. Marines.

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.

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.