The Yo-Yo In the Window

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

A story about abandonment and the deep bonds of love.

Saying Goodbye to Ruchama Rivka: A Father's Eulogy

After a 12-year bout with leukemia, a teenager's parents say goodbye.

Keeping Kosher, Kicking and Screaming

A cosmic conspiracy to get one man to keep kosher.

The Perfect Storm

God sent a letter and used half the Mediterranean as stationery.

Arriving At Sinai

One woman's search for her life's compass.

Choosing Life

Despite doctors' dire warnings of a problematic pregnancy, a couple decides to go full term.

Smuggling Out Of Hell

Through ingenuity and chutzpah, one man saved lives in the Holocaust. His daughter tells how.

The Terrorist and the Builder

How to feel good amidst catastrophe.

Daredevil on the Bridge

Clarity sometimes comes when you least expect it.

For Myself, A New History

A recent convert to Judaism describes her spiritual odyssey.

In the Light of the Bereaved

Seth and Sherri Mandell's remarkable mission to Asia brought a profound message of peace and hope amidst the darkness.

Pulling the Plug

When our baby went into a coma, the moral dilemma began.

Taharah: A Personal Look at the Jewish Way of Death and Burial

The mysteries of life and death provide one woman an unusual gateway into the meaning and beauty of traditional Judaism.

Looking for God

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

One man's story of the self-deception and honesty that clashes inside all of us.

Out of the Closet

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

When my wife was diagnosed with cancer, something odd happened. Her anger at God went away.

Lessons From Elana

An Aish UK rabbi, whose wife passed away some weeks ago, shares some profound lessons he has learned.

Heroes: A True Story

God becomes believable when life becomes unbelievable. *

Reality Knocks

Volunteering one hour to help others gave me a surprising insight about myself and the world.

The Day My Brother Died

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

A great sage and leader of American Jewry teaches a lesson about small acts of caring.

Shai's Big Hit

There are special moments in life when we touch God's perfection. Here's one of them.

When Walls Speak

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

By way of feminism, socialism and idealism, a small Jewish spark turns into a passionate flame.

Shwarma: A Love Story

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

Many Jews turn to Buddhism to rise to spiritual heights. Judaism says, "Take the whole world up with you."

Breaking the Comfort Barrier

Forget the holiday hike. A real spiritual path is steep and challenging.

Holy Fire

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

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

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

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

Lost in Berlin

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?

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

Going Home

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

A Different Kind of Independence

A survivor of an Arab terrorist attack tells of her battle to be liberated from the scars of her experience.

Jazz and the Abstract Truth

A story of one man's spiritual journey that took some unusual twists and turns -- jazz studies, African drumming, pretending to be Malcolm X.

Holywoman

An encounter with a hidden Jewish holy woman turns the world of a devotee to Eastern religions upside down.

Climbing the Mountain: Essay and Interview with Kirk Douglas

After 80+ movies, surviving a helicopter crash and a stroke, the famous actor who just turned 100 finds fulfillment in Torah study.

A Handicapped Look at Disability

An evening's encounter with a handicapped couple overturns misconceptions that have crippled one woman over a lifetime.

Faith Healing

A father's struggle with faith amidst loss and pain.

India to Israel

An accomplished woman's journey to Jewish tradition takes a 15-year tour through India and its ashrams.

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