How Hamentaschen Brought Me Back to Judaism

Growing up in an inter-faith family, I knew nothing about Judaism. All that changed with Hamentaschen and a website.

A Precious Wedding Gift

A bride's selfless act teaches us how to be a blessing to the world.

God, Why Are You Doing This to Me?

How my husband’s illness changed our lives.

Hug from Heaven

A tale of two mothers in the shadows of the Gaza War.

Life in Color

Despite living in the grim black and white world of pediatric cancer, 11-yr-old Coby Rosemore paints in vibrant color.

My Search for Answers to the Big Questions

My parents said nothing when I was dating a Christian and attending church. But visiting me in Jerusalem, they’re panicked.

Shabbat with Bruce Springsteen

An encounter with the music star taught Jimmy Baron a lesson he’d never forget.

A Gift of Life

Mr. Klein wanted to die. Suddenly he was given an unexpected new lease on life.

White Privilege

A South African representative offered my mother, a war refugee, a ticket to freedom. “You’re white. That makes you a first class citizen.”

My Son with Asperger’s

I have begun to see your life through the prism of Asperger's and my frustration is slowly transforming into understanding.

Hard but Good

With rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, I've stopped expecting life to be easy long ago.

With His Dream on the Line

An Israeli soldier faces a moral dilemma that threatens his dream of getting into an elite combat unit.

So What's Wrong With a Christmas Tree?

Growing up with a Christmas tree made me wish that I wasn't Jewish.

My Yellow Sticky Hanukkah

In the midst of the office Christmas party, I shocked myself by asking, “Are we doing anything for Hanukkah?”

Saved

A young Jewish man gets ensnared in the welcoming community of Messianic Jews.

Burying Sam: Life after Death

Finding meaning after the death of my baby.

From Baptist Minister to Orthodox Jew

Moshe Boldor’s harrowing odyssey from hunted renegade in Communist Romania to freedom in the U.S. as an observant Jew.

The Henny Machlis Guide to Character Improvement

Henny’s loving-kindness, generosity, and exemplary character were the product of a lifetime of striving and working on herself.

God, Stay Where I Can See You

Shattered and made whole. Learning to trust God with everything.

Judaism and My Addiction to Food

No matter how much I eat, I never feel full. Food can’t fill what’s missing in my life.

My Decision to Start Observing Shabbat

I’m no Abraham, but his act of walking in faith toward the unknown inspired me to do the same.

A Walking Miracle

After my two strokes, doctors told my parents that I would never walk, talk or learn in a mainstream classroom. God had other plans.

A Comedian's Return to Judaism

I used to see Judaism as a restriction, but now I view it as a way to take better care of my soul.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Without Hands and Feet

Kyle Maynard’s courage to live with no excuses demonstrates the sukkah mindset.

My Journey to Judaism

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom in order to move up.

My Yoga Teacher’s Murder Became the Sound of the Shofar

Randy Smith’s death propelled me to go beyond my perceived limits.

The Bodyguard at My Door

When my mother received a death threat, I got an unusual wakeup call.

Rebbetzin Jungreis Cared

After the death of my son, the Rebbetzin consoled me and gave me a path to manage my grief.

African-American, Christian, Witch, Jew

In the shadows of slavery, one girl’s persistent questioning leads her on a relentless search for truth.

Not So Modern Love

Bill and Hillary weren't the only couple to meet in the library.

Irreversible Damage

A miraculous true story demonstrates the power of prayer and reminds us never to give up hope.

My Journey in the Holy Land

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.

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.

A Soldier’s Gift: An Amazing True Story

One act of kindness has unintended life-altering consequences.

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.

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