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The Christian Defector

The Christian Defector

Why I left one of the most influential Christian families in the world.

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The Muslim Spy who Became a Jew

The Muslim Spy who Became a Jew

by Avraham Sinai, as told to Chananya Bleich

Avraham Sinai was a Hezbollah informant who risked his life for Israel.

The Jewish Prince of Persia

The Jewish Prince of Persia

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The Shah of Iran's descendant tells his story from Jerusalem.

Walking To Shul With My Dad

Walking To Shul With My Dad

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I was a three-day a year Jew who stopped by McDonalds on the way to the golf course every Saturday morning. Now I'm being called an observant Jew. What happened?

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

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The death of my husband forced me to reexamine the purpose of my existence.

Max’s Mission

Max’s Mission

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The short life and heroic death of Max Steinberg.

A Special Soul

A Special Soul

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How my special needs sibling changed our family and our community.

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

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An elegy to the Jewish people for the 17th of Tammuz.

Don’t Be Nice to Me

Don’t Be Nice to Me

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Yes, I broke my ankle – now leave me alone.

My 18 Days of Waiting

My 18 Days of Waiting

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My story is different, but I relate to the horror the three families experienced not knowing if your child will survive.

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

What I Learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe

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Out of the blue, the Rebbe summoned me. He wanted to send me on a challenging mission.

Tears and Shattered Prayers

Tears and Shattered Prayers

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An open letter to the three boys.

My New Jewish Name

My New Jewish Name

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My quest to tap the essence of my soul.

Chicken Soup for the Mind

Chicken Soup for the Mind

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A Chinese girl forced me to confront what it means to be Jewish.

Forgiving My Father

Forgiving My Father

by Anonymous

There is no deeper wound than abandonment by a parent. After 10 years, I wanted to heal.

It's Not Me

It's Not Me

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Breaking out of our self-imposed confinements.

Adopted: The Search for My Heritage

Adopted: The Search for My Heritage

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My difficult search for proof of my Jewish identity.

Jewish on the Outside

Jewish on the Outside

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Eli Schwebel’s journey to discovering his heart.

My Strange Relationship with Daniel Pearl

My Strange Relationship with Daniel Pearl

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Can an embodied spirit be connected in some way to a disembodied one?

I Am a Wall

I Am a Wall

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The magic formula to giving others the support they need.

Every Note Counts

Every Note Counts

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Ever feel like nobody notices you? Think again.

Izzy’s Mission

Izzy’s Mission

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Learning how to embrace challenge from Shmuel and Chani Zundell’s inspiring example.

My Pasta Seder

My Pasta Seder

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It took a tragedy to trigger my crisis of atheism.

Love without Conditions

Love without Conditions

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Grappling with the death of my husband.

The Missing Peace

The Missing Peace

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Utilizing Judaism’s spiritual principles opened my heart to discover a purpose-driven life.

Marvin’s Dance

Marvin’s Dance

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Marvin Casey’s amazing journey from black, Church-going hip hop dancer to yeshiva student, English/dance instructor in Israel.

God's Calling Card

God's Calling Card

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Sometimes receiving a sign that God is orchestrating events can transform one’s life.

7-4-0-1

7-4-0-1

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Tuvia Ariel’s amazing true story about a number from the Holocaust.

To the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter

To the Ticket Agent at the Delta Counter

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A powerful lesson in forgiveness – and being a role model for your kids.

Everything Is a Present

Everything Is a Present

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The inspiration behind an Oscar-nominated documentary, Alice Herz-Sommer passed away a week before the Academy Awards at age 110.

A Bum Deal

A Bum Deal

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Rufus Hannah's remarkable true story of unspeakable exploitation and redemption, and the man who saved him.

Broken Hand, Opened Heart

Broken Hand, Opened Heart

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Control freaks like me have a hard time asking for help.

What’s a Former Christian, Orthodox Woman Doing as Dean of an Israeli University?

What’s a Former Christian, Orthodox Woman Doing as Dean of an Israeli University?

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Malka Schaps, a world-renowned professor of mathematics, is smashing glass ceilings.

No Complaints

No Complaints

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My father’s unwavering faith in the shadow of cancer.

A Life Not with Standing

A Life Not with Standing

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Invisible, inaudible, inanimate: my adventures in a wheelchair.

Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a Happy Life

Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a Happy Life

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The 17-year-old Jewish teen died from progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes accelerated aging. He embraced life with joy, following these three principles.

How Orthodox Jews Taught Me Yoga

How Orthodox Jews Taught Me Yoga

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A yoga teacher encounters Jewish spirituality with religious Jews in Israel for the first time.

Reincarnation and the Holocaust

Reincarnation and the Holocaust

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Why some Jews suspect they've returned.

Next Year In Jerusalem, Part 1

Next Year In Jerusalem, Part 1

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

The Torah in Our Church

The Torah in Our Church

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The amazing story of our church that en masse decided to convert to Judaism.

Activist on Skates

Activist on Skates

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Champion of academics, athletics and the arts, Loren Galler Rabinowitz is focused on her role as a third-generation Holocaust survivor.

From Mountain Mama to Yiddishe Mama

From Mountain Mama to Yiddishe Mama

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The true story of an Appalachian family of 12 who converted to Judaism.

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

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They said Maickel Melamed would never walk. Now he runs marathons to inspire others.

The Black Miracle: A Hanukkah Poetry Slam

The Black Miracle: A Hanukkah Poetry Slam

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Nissim Black’s search for light amidst the darkness.

When God Sends You a Message…

When God Sends You a Message…

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It would be nice to have caller ID.

Our Cancer Miracle

Our Cancer Miracle

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Hanukkah is the time to acknowledge miracles. This year our family experienced an amazing one.

Judaism, Sacrifice, and the Education of Alex Clare

Judaism, Sacrifice, and the Education of Alex Clare

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Before he became famous, the observant pop star gave up his career in order to stick to his Jewish beliefs.

My New Hero

My New Hero

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Just an ordinary guy…with an extraordinary story.

When Grandfather Died

When Grandfather Died

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Helping my young children navigate their loss.

Jewish Cheerleader in the Bible Belt

Jewish Cheerleader in the Bible Belt

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My evangelical coach made me discover what it means to be a Jew.

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