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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.

The Secret Formula

The Secret Formula

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I spent six years marketing a parade of pleasures, only to find out that God throws theme parties all the time.

Lost in Berlin

Lost in Berlin

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Deiter turned Ben on to German beer. They were having an amazing time. Until Ben got lost with no money and no map...

What's A Nice Cosmo Girl Like You Doing With An Orthodox Husband?

What's A Nice Cosmo Girl Like You Doing With An Orthodox Husband?

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Once upon a time, she lived in Beverly Hills, wrote for Teen Magazine and had a personal trainer.

Going Home

Going Home

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"I always considered myself to be pretty independent. So why, in the back of my mind, was I dreading the inevitable return home with a strange new kippah sitting on my head?"

To Save A Life

To Save A Life

by Rabbi Kalman Packouz and Ron Johnson

This week in Jerusalem, a grove of trees was planted in honor of Ron Johnson, the British janitor who donated his lung to try to save a life.

A Canadian Jew In Australia

A Canadian Jew In Australia

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Plunked into the strange world of kangaroos, Aborigines and cricket, a Canadian discovers that Jews all over the world have lots in common.

Thank You for Assateague Island

Thank You for Assateague Island

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Sometimes God takes one small, seemingly insignificant event to teach us all we need to know about life -- though it may take years to find that out.

Knee Deep

Knee Deep

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When playing in a band produces a high that never lasts, one is forced to look elsewhere for fulfillment. But how can Judaism compare to Fuzzy Walter?

First Fruits

First Fruits

by Chana Siegel

Shavuot, the holiday of the giving of the Torah, has many names. But for me, this year, it is Hag HaBikurim, the Festival of the First Fruits.

Hope In Hell

Hope In Hell

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When all seems totally lost, a Jew is obligated to hope. This is one man's story of his test of faith.

Mataji vs. Mother Teresa

Mataji vs. Mother Teresa

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Cocooned in the blissful spirituality of an ashram, a Jewish soul still yearns to help others in need. But what to do when the guru forbids it?

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