The Spanish Inquisition and Me

Becoming a Jew was my greatest act of defiance.

Back to Ukraine

A mass grave, 70 years later.

Death, My Companion

The doctor told me I had a fatal disease, and at age 77 I realized I'm actually going to die.

In This Shadowy World

A Torah scholar who perished in the Holocaust reveals the meaning of spiritual victory to a woman dying from cancer.


Our son nearly died in a car accident. Today we are witnessing the miracle of his recovery.

Seoul Man

I have a message for my Korean exchange student, 20 years in the making.

My Enemy, My Friend

My new neighbor wanted nothing to do with religious Jews.

Porcelain Unicorn

A short Holocaust film, Grand Prize Winner of the Philips "Tell It Your Way" competition.

What Every Parent Dreads

It was 10 pm when we got the call: "Your son was in a car accident. The situation is very serious. Come to the hospital immediately."

Letter from World War II

In commemoration of U.S. Memorial Day, a letter from an American Jewish soldier to his parents.

Discovering Angels

How the Jewish Sabbath transformed my life.

Donating My Kidney

Giving a stranger my kidney was one of my life's most rewarding experiences.

Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River.

The Passover Playbook

A Super Bowl champion shares inspiration from the Haggadah.

When Debra's Heart Stopped

Sometimes love can create miracles.

Coming Home From Ramallah

The son of a Jewish woman and an Arab man struggles with his identity. A true story.

My Personal Purim Miracle

I'll never forget the moment I was just a prop used in a larger, cosmic drama.

"You are the Jew who lit up my menorah."

I felt I was the only Jew in the world. Thanks to, now I feel part of this big, Jewish worldwide family.

Judaism was a Darkly Kept Secret

If it wasn't for, Communist Russia would have succeeded in destroying my family's ties to Judaism.

The Skeptic and the Rabbi

I was no spiritual seeker and wary of drinking the kosher Kool-Aid.

God Is Not a Babysitter

Believing in God after the Holocaust.

Notes from an Ex-Agnostic

Sometimes believing is seeing.

From Song to Song

On stage I hid behind my mike stand. Until I discovered the music of my soul.

My New Hero

Just an ordinary guy…with an extraordinary story.

The Alphabet of Happiness

Before me was a fully sentient person who for four years had been silent, pinned down inside the ruins of her body.

The Spiritual GPS

How to replace anger and negativity with feelings of joy and love.

Soul Shyne

The famous rapper tells of life in prison and thriving as a Jew.

My Mixed Jewish-Arab Identity

Making peace with my two lives.

The Uninvited Guest

I was in excellent physical condition. I never smoked. How could I have lung cancer?

The Dry Cleaner Syndrome

A new definition for insanity.

The Jewish Wrestler

Greg Herman has stepped back in the ring.

The Test

If we practice being a good person we will become one.

Failure to Appear

My petrifying experience in jail changed my life.


After taking another man's life, a petty criminal changes the direction of his life.

Preparing for Rosh Hashanah

The secret to an inspiring new year.

Getting High

The guru's special mantra would give him a constant high. But there was an unexpected catch.

Encounter in the Grand Canyon

I was running away from my Jewish identity. A stranger's reproach turned my world around.

I Am a Wall

The magic formula to giving others the support they need.

The Crushed Cake

For this group of fifth graders, the cake could not have tasted better.

Every Note Counts

Ever feel like nobody notices you? Think again.

No Magic Wand

I wanted faith without duties, a God that provided not only the cure but also the motivation.


I've lost my connection to the past, and no matter how much time passes, there is a crevice in my heart.

Our Landlord, the Rabbi

Renting Rabbi Shmuel Orenstein's NYC apartment changed our lives.

A Woman of Strength

Mrs. Rose Gibber taught me the importance of protecting the dignity of people, even an obnoxious kid like me.

Searching for My Lost Tribe

It never occurred to me that it was right under my nose.

Going, Going, Gone

Why I said goodbye to baseball.

Good Shabbos, Dad

Being raised as a rather non-religious Jew, I'm often asked what it's like to have orthodox parents.

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