Family Dynamics

Nikki’s Story: Humans of Judaism

By Shira Lankin Sheps | December 4, 2018

(1/6) “Grief”  “Around this time of year, in November of 2013, just before Thanksgiving, my father passed away suddenly. I…

Learning to Advocate For My Health

By Sarah Gross | October 25, 2018

I was 16 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and 23 when she died. I was 27 when…

Today, I Can’t Get Out Of Bed

By Shira Lankin Sheps | October 22, 2018

I’m writing this on one of those days, where it feels impossible to get out of bed. I have these…

Battle for A Better Life

By Michaela Abenson | October 18, 2018

As a young girl, I was ill for many years before being diagnosed. Like most people, I had never heard…

Young and Hurting: Trusting My Own Gut

By Batsheva Shachnovitz | October 17, 2018

Three years ago on Pesach I felt this terrible pain. A throbbing in my lower stomach and back area. The…

Endometriosis: Not What The Doctor Ordered

By Dina Devora Jacob | October 15, 2018

Being on the tail end of nine kids, I was often the person to move in with older siblings to…

Confessions of a Cancer Warrior

By Harriet Hessdorf | October 14, 2018

Over the past few years, a few friends have asked  me, “I know you don’t like to talk about it,…

Ilui Neshama: Elevation of the Soul

By Ariele Mortkowitz | September 17, 2018

On Rosh Hashanah, I saw holiness in the sanctuary. It was a most beautiful moment in its rawness, its honesty,…

Aliza’s Story: My Body, My Babies

By Shira Lankin Sheps | August 7, 2018

(1/7) “Unpretty”   At the time, I felt very unpretty. I felt in order to be pretty, you had to…

26, Jewish, Single Mother

By Jennifer Grinberg | August 2, 2018

It can be a magical time of exploring. What happens when you’re a 26-year-old Jewish single mother? What happens to…

It Could Happen to You: How I Became Addicted to Painkillers

By Rachel Cohen | July 15, 2018

In my world, drugs were a shrouded secret, spoken about in hushed voices, whispered behind cupped hands as though the…

When G-d Says No: Coping with Miscarriage

By Emily Wind | July 11, 2018

When we found out I was pregnant, we were overjoyed. We couldn’t wait to share the news. In line with…