Family Dynamics

My Mother’s Kaddish

By Ilene Kupferman | December 31, 2018

.יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא Waking in the dark beneath the heavy cloak of dawnֿ I wait for the soothing rhythm…

Widowhood as a Single Mom

By Aviva Ben-Zev/Rosenbaum | December 25, 2018

The hardest thing I have ever done was when I had to tell my five year-old daughter that her father…

“Overweight” and Loving Myself

By Yehudit Jessica Singer | December 17, 2018

I have been overweight my whole life. For as long as I remember, I’ve been “the fat girl.” It’s so…

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…