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Stigma

Stigma

A proud polio survivor, I was blissfully unaware of the stigma many attach to paralysis and deformity. Until I wanted to start dating.

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Michael Jackson and My Yarmulke

Michael Jackson and My Yarmulke

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I told the King of Pop that he wasn’t the King of the universe.

My Ugly Engagement Ring

My Ugly Engagement Ring

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With abiding love, my husband designed my unique ring. I opened the box and was aghast. I hated it.

A Button's Life

A Button's Life

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Everyone has a mission in life. But what about me?

Kaddish for My Mother

Kaddish for My Mother

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My mother almost left this world without my love.

Saving Dunera’s Jews: Tales of the Sea

Saving Dunera’s Jews: Tales of the Sea

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The dramatic true story of how German Jews were rescued from Nazi submarines in 1940.

Just an Ordinary Jew

Just an Ordinary Jew

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My slow Jewish renewal.

Does Being Religious Help You Get a Job?

Does Being Religious Help You Get a Job?

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In or out of Hollywood, it sure is a good question.

Repairing the Gap

Repairing the Gap

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In my sister’s eyes, I became a foreign entity: a religiously observant Jew. As the gap widened, my sadness deepened.

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.

Chosen

Chosen

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It was 1959, and it was me, a Jewish kid in elementary school, against Gagliano, Stamingo and O’Mera. What chance did I have?

Merry Shpitzvinkel!

Merry Shpitzvinkel!

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How my father’s journey from Santa Claus to a gift-lugging dog in a drainpipe led me to Judaism, sort of.

My Holocaust Revenge

My Holocaust Revenge

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I made a vow: If I survived Buchenwald, I would return and kill the mayor’s wife.

My Moment at the Kotel

My Moment at the Kotel

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God, I want to know what can I get here that I can't get anywhere else?

Notes from an Ex-Agnostic

Notes from an Ex-Agnostic

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Sometimes believing is seeing.

Beyond Just Desserts: A Recipe of Thanksgiving

Beyond Just Desserts: A Recipe of Thanksgiving

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Seventy-five orphan girls in Calcutta taught me the real meaning of thanksgiving.

My Parents vs. My Own Life

My Parents vs. My Own Life

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When does, “I have to live my own life” become selfishness?

Rider on the Storm

Rider on the Storm

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The storm came and suddenly I was being hit with six-foot waves, zero visibility and a sinking kayak.

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.

The Anti-Missionary

The Anti-Missionary

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Sometimes it takes one to know one.

My Life with Asperger’s

My Life with Asperger’s

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Despite the fact that I can be awkward, Asperger’s is something I can use to help better other people's lives.

A Torah for the Army

A Torah for the Army

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A new Torah scroll for the U.S. military re-writes a legacy.

The Guru and the Hasid

The Guru and the Hasid

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The stranger-than-fiction true story of Swami Vijayananda.

A Simple Twist of Faith

A Simple Twist of Faith

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How did a Baptist, country girl like me, raised in the Bible Belt, become an observant Jew?

Ready to Come Home

Ready to Come Home

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A long time ago I ran away from home. Little did I know that it would teach me the meaning of Sukkot.

Boris in Prison on Yom Kippur

Boris in Prison on Yom Kippur

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A mountain of a man, here was a Jew totally ignorant about Judaism willing to risk his life for being Jewish.

A Vision in Auschwitz

A Vision in Auschwitz

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Walking to the crematorium, she suddenly saw her mother from whom she was separated weeks earlier.

High Priestess

High Priestess

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The shmata on my head is a statement as bold as my red curls: I am proud to be a Jew.

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.