Rebbetzin Faigy Hoch: My Teacher, My Friend

The world is a darker place without her bright smile and warmth, without her humility and constant gratitude.

ADHD Helped My Granny Survive Auschwitz

Thank God she wasn't diagnosed back in the 30’s. Her impulsivity, spunkiness and penchant for breaking the rules enabled her to get through the Holocaust.

A Time to Sew, a Time to Rend

As a child Beth’s father frightened me. Today, I recognize that he suffered from mental illness and his rages against his family were all symptoms of his disorder.

Mourning for My Son on Tisha B'Av

I used to struggle to really mourn on this day. Now I don't even need to try.

PODCAST: The Three Weeks: A Time of Introspection

Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller talks about learning who we are now, and who we want to be.

The Bus Stop: A Father's Day Message

My father’s unconditional love gave me the feeling that no matter what, everything will be okay.

Step-Father's Day

Sometimes the best parents aren't the one you're born with.

93-Year Old College Grad: It’s Never Too Late

Joyce Lowenstein is not your typical great grandmother.

PODCAST: Anxiety, Worry, and Letting Go

Author Chana Studley on staying present and not obsessing over the future or past.

Taking Care of Mother

I couldn’t face the degree of my mother’s debility. She had been my rock and now the roles were reversed.

Hindi Krinsky’s Passion Inspires Thousands of Children

Even after her tragic death last year at age 32, a passionate Long Island teacher is keeping the flame of education burning bright for thousands of children across America.

My Family’s Unique Cast of Characters at the Passover Seder

Each family has its unique cast, but we all share the same story that stretches back three thousand years.

The Seder Plate: Inside Out

Why is Passover’s centerpiece full of reminders of slavery and suffering, and not freedom?

Thank You Doctor

When I was a child my father had prostate cancer.

Bubby 2.0

I used to yearn for the perfect Bubby – wise and kind, unshakeable in her faith, kvelling over the grandchildren. But I had Nanny instead.

Giving Thanks to Seymour

My late stepfather was one of 500,000 Jews who fought in WWII.

What’s Jewish about Adopting a Pet? Apparently, A Lot

Raising my children in a home with rescued animals is teaching them compassion and kindness.

The Feminine Light: Chanukah’s Internal Power

It’s the radiance emanating from within the home, not the dazzle from without, that ultimately lights up the darkness.

Just Add Love: Holocaust Survivors Share their Stories and Recipes

For years I watched Eva, an Auschwitz survivor, cooking up feasts from a battered old recipe book. It turned out to be a book with an incredible story.

After My Husband’s Passing: Life as a Challah Recipe

Learning from the salty moments and holding on to the sugary ones as long as I can.

Our Mother Rachel

What is so special about Rachel that we commemorate her death more than any of the other matriarchs and patriarchs?

A Father’s Love and Rosh Hashanah

Why do refer to God as our Father, and not as our Mother? My newborn son gave me the answer.

Behind the Façade, a Human Being

People are much more complex (and interesting!) than the simple roles in which we cast them.

A Bathroom Tale: A True Story for Elul

Awareness is the first step to change.

Yong: Brave and Beautiful

The miracle finally occurred: we adopted a baby boy from Korea.

Invitations to Heaven

As we prepare for our son’s wedding, I’m thinking of all the people who touched our lives.

A Face in the Window

As Father's Day approaches, I am haunted by one most vivid and moving scene from my childhood.

My Mother’s Courage

During the Holocaust my mother saved my father’s life at great risk to her own.

My Year of Going Out of My Comfort Zone

I chose to tackle the challenge of public speaking. God had other plans.

These Biblical Women Are the Ultimate Mother and Daughter-in-Law

It’s not enough for Jews to consider themselves the “Chosen people;” we also need to be the choosing people.

A Letter to My Beloved Sister

Thank you for giving me the gift of your beautiful soul.

Slovie's Letter to Her Son on His Wedding Day

This is the message I want you to always remember.

My Carpet Tells a Story

Getting my living room carpet cleaned uncovered a startling truth.

The Narcissist Next Door

Was the problem me or her? Sometimes it’s hard to know.

Yehuda Fell!: My Lesson in Gratitude

As my son lay below me, silent and motionless, thoughts raced through my mind.

What Happened to Time?

When I was a kid, I wanted everything to hurry up. Now I can’t slow it down.

PODCAST: Lighting up the Darkness with Our Family on Chanukah

Orit Esther Riter on Chanukah’s message of clarity and purpose.

How Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray Kept One Man Alive

Nothing was going to keep Richard Wade from seeing Murray join the 3000 hit club. Not even cancer.

Honey: Interesting Facts

Some fun honey facts to start your new off right.

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