My Nazi Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

At age 38 Jennifer Teege, a black German, discovered that her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the villain of Schindler's List.

I Couldn't Figure Out Why I was Overeating

Until OA helped me realize that physical hunger wasn't the root of my problem.

You Are Going to Hell: Growing Up Jewish in a Small Canadian Town

I was keenly aware that I was different than the non-Jews around me. It didn’t help that my best friend often reminded me that I was going to hell because I was Jewish.

Feeling Like I'm the Only Jewish Girl in the World

Growing up in Iowa, I was the only Jewish child in the auditorium during the Christmas recital.

Why was the Menorah Burning for 8 Days Such a Big Miracle?

Growing up, Hanukkah – and just about everything about Judaism – seemed vacuous and superficial. Then I started to learn.

Footprints of Gratitude: How I Got Out of My Florida Funk

When everything was going wrong, it was my son’s fearless resilience that opened my eyes and helped me find a glimmer of gratitude.

Me and My Antisemitic Girlfriend

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

Remembering the Mensch of Malden Mills

Aaron Feuerstein recently died at the age of 95. He was an icon of integrity and generosity.

Mammogram: My Fear of Cancer and Learning to Trust in God

My cancer scares have forced me to struggle with the reality that everything that happens to me is for my good.

Hard but Good: I've Stopped Expecting Life to be Easy Long Ago

With rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in all my joints and overall fatigue, my challenges are never really over.

Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Living a Jewish Life

My eating disorder is the elephant in the room in my marriage and is a constant in my life.

Coming Full Circle: An Incredible True Story

When Rabbi Amman was left alone burying a man he never met in a cemetery in Staten Island, he never imagined how much divine intervention was really at play.

Faithful Soldier: Remembering My Beloved Father, Rabbi Melvin I. Burg

My father dedicated his life to the service of others.

The Guru and the Hasid

The stranger-than-fiction true story of Swami Vijayananda.

In the Shadow of Chernobyl, I Found Out I was Jewish at Age 16

Masha Merkulova immigrated to San Francisco and today empowers Jewish teens to stand proud for Israel.

The Bathroom Blessing Whisperer

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

The Hidden Jews of Montana?

Sarah McConnell and the indestructible power of the Jewish spark.

Feeling the Love on Yom Kippur

Who are we praying to on Yom Kippur?

When Everything Went Up in Smoke

What do you do when everything you own is suddenly taken from you and you're fortunate enough to still have everything that really matters?

Whole, Body & Soul

I was warned that I wouldn’t get anywhere in life being fat. And I believed them.

Saying Goodbye to My Dying Father

Don't wait to say the things you've always wanted to say to those you love.

I Was a Victim of Rape and Learned to Stop Blaming Myself

How I navigated the long road to rewriting my script.

At the Church of Latter-Day Saints, My Mother’s Moment of Truth

My mother had very little Jewish upbringing. Her life changed when she had to take a public stand for what she believed.

Hand of Fate: Amazing True Story

An Israeli soldier's parachuting accident affects a family in an unexpected way.

From Buddha to Torah

The unlikely path to spiritual discovery of a girl from Sri Lanka.

You've Got a Friend: A True Story about the Power of Connection

The surprising impact from an unexpected letter from an old friend.

How Being a Vietnam Vet and Christian Pastor Led Me to Become a Jew

Looking back on my life, I see the little marks in the road that God placed to help me find my Truth.

Life Upended: Coping with Daughter's Brain Tumor During Covid

How one family dealt with this devastating challenge.

I’ve Been Here Before: Holocaust and Reincarnation

When souls of the Holocaust return in our generation.

Overcoming His Heroin Addiction and Helping Others Struggling with Drugs

Doug Rosen is using his difficult struggles with drugs to help others.

After the Accidental Overdose

My sister-in-law died a year ago, alone during the pandemic, and mixed with the profound sadness is the lingering thought: Could I have done more?

The Appalachian Family of 12 who Converted to Judaism

One woman's journey from Mountain Mama to Yiddishe Mama.

My Choice

Why one Orthodox woman chose to have an abortion—and how she felt about her decision.

Bruce Springsteen and Me

Springsteen helped me get through my angst-filled years as a teen.

A 75-Year Wait for Kaddish

Repaying a debt to the man who saved my father’s life.

Strapped In: My Complicated Relationship with Tefillin

Have you put on tefillin today? The question was almost rhetorical – of course, I hadn’t. I am Jewish – but not that kind of Jewish.

Rescuing Daughter from Church Orphanage

During the Holocaust these nuns hid Jewish children. Sometimes they didn't want to let them go.

What I’m Learning about Almost Dying

Some facial paralysis, 32 staples in my skull, and overwhelming concern from loved ones have given all kinds of new meaning to 'the show must go on.'

Why a White Supremacist Renounced his Faith

How a Shabbat dinner gave a young leader in the White Nationalist movement food for thought.

The Teacher's Note

How 49 words changed a woman's life.

L’Chaim OG's Amazing Journey

An Aish.com exclusive interview with the multi-faceted rapper Zecharya Yishai Dovid Levine.

New Documentary Explores the Question “Why Be Jewish?”

The first intermarriage in Becky Bordo's family launches her journey to explore her Jewish identity.

From Christian Missionary to Observant Jew

Shannon Nuszen’s mission was to convert as many Jews as possible. Her fealty to the truth sent her in an unexpected direction.

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