Forgiving the Impossible

During the Holocaust, my grandmother gave up everything for her closest friend, only to be abandoned in return.

Can I Really Change the World?

How one small act can trigger movement across generations.

Elie Wiesel and the Radicalization of a Hassidic Girl

Elie Wiesel took me to Auschwitz and in a certain way, I never came back.

In a Heartbeat

Mordechai Sultan was about to suffer a massive heart attack that would have killed him if not for an incredible series of incidents.

My Imperfect Baby

This couldn’t be my long-awaited son. This was a deformed baby.

My Miracle Surgery

The professor looked at me and said, “You, my dear, are a walking miracle. I can’t believe my eyes.”

We’re Not Doing God Any Favors

All this time that I thought I was giving I was really receiving.

From Hangover to Happiness

Finding deeper meaning in the most unexpected places.

On the Death of a Grandchild

As my heart silently screamed watching my son say Kaddish for his son, I recited the following prayer.

How I Chose My Hebrew Name

Prior to converting, I wanted to pick a Hebrew name that would reflect what I aspired to be.

My Adventures in Saying Kaddish

The night I thought I was the butt of some cosmic joke.

Holocaust at the Shabbos Table

A Shabbos that was different from all others.

How I Survived a Humvee Explosion in Iraq

Jordan Schwartz’s incredible true story.

My Name is Elizabeth and I am Jewish

Growing up in the Ukraine, Judaism was closed off to me. But I refused to hide my identity.

Peri Finkelstein’s 1000 Steps

An inspiring video of one girl defying all odds, and the 450 Chai Lifeline runners who cheered her on.

I Hit a Deer

How one insane night yanked me out of the rut I was in.

Henny Machlis’ Secret to Spirituality

Henny personified the real meaning of “love your neighbor as yourself.”

“You Killed Jesus!”

The recent Boston incident reminded me when I first discovered a deep contempt for me as a Jew that I hadn’t realized was there.

Dustin Hoffman's Jewish Moment

Watch a moving clip of the actor declaring, “I am a Jew."

The Hebrew

How a random encounter with a French Canadian woman in Atlantic City changed my life.

God’s Ferrari

How I fell in love with Judaism, even the detailed laws.

The Jewish Hero of the Ukrainian Uprising

An exclusive interview with a most unlikely rebel, chasidic freedom fighter Asher Yoseph Cherkassy.

The Bathroom Blessing Whisperer

The sublime act of thanking God after going to the bathroom.

The Inspirational Story of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech

Ezra has defied the odds to become a talented athlete and an inspiration to many.

Discovering I May Not Be Jewish

Even though I was keeping Shabbat, not knowing the identity of my biological mother threw into question my Jewishness.

My Father’s Visit from the Next World

He insisted on a cup of coffee. Little did I know he was saving my life.

Jews, Non-Jews and My Anti-Semitic Girlfriend

We were hurtling toward marriage despite my closeted interest in Judaism. One drunken night changed everything.

Hitting the Panic Button

When was the last time you thanked your platelets?

Pregnancy, Birth and Death

One couple’s painful journey through miscarriage and death of a baby.

One Town, 7 Churches, No Synagogue & My Son’s Kippah

My son wore his new kippah publicly, like a billboard announcing his heritage. I didn’t want him to stick out.

My First Hanukkah in Communist Russia

No one saw my pitiful menorah. Little did I know how that small flame would grow into a huge light.

Victim of Rape

How I learned to stop blaming myself and rewrite my script.

The Rabid Anti-Semite who became a Proud Jew

Co-founder of Hungary’s far-right, anti-Semitic party discovers he’s Jewish, forcing him to rethink his life and reconnect to his roots.

Please Don't Tell Me How Good I Look

My severe acne means the drugs I’m taking for inoperable lung cancer are working.

The Unveiling

I went to Toronto expecting to confront my mother's death more deeply; I encountered instead my father's remarkable dedication to life.

#Human: A Story from Bergen-Belsen

Born in 1933, Francine Christophe was deported with her mother at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Released the following year, she continues to share her experience.

Paid In Full

The value of love. A touching story to share before Yom Kippur.

Pesos From Heaven: A New Year’s Message

My parents are no longer in this world, but we still keep in touch.

Birthright Launched My Jewish Journey

I was 13 and completely turned off from Judaism. Now, at 23, I couldn't feel more proud to be Jewish.

When Hip-Hop Gets Personal

One Jew’s search for truth and self-discovery captured in Jewish rap.

My Kosher Kitchen

What possessed me to make my kitchen kosher?

My Treacherous Journey across the Ethiopian Desert

A 4-year-old girl and her family risk their lives fleeing Ethiopia to reach the land of Israel.

Dying with Faith

My father gave us the most important speech of his life.

Antumalal

In a legendary hotel in the wilds of Chile, I discovered an amazing story.

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

An anti-Semitic sergeant couldn’t stop a Holocaust survivor who heroically served in the US Army from getting his Medal of Honor.

Smile, At All Costs

Alcohol was my refuge from my father’s incessant demands for perfection.

Shiva and Sheloshim: Personal Reflections

How the Jewish mourning laws counteract the upheaval left in death’s wake.

Saying Goodbye to Mom

My mother was a strong, opinionated dynamo. How could she be gone, just like that?

The Dragon Slayer

Almost totally paralyzed, Marcie Alter vanquishes dragons with her sword of courage and determination.

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