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A Jew Is A Jew: Lessons From Anti-Semitism

By Shira Lankin Sheps | October 28, 2018

When I turned on my phone after Shabbat here in Israel, a nightmare scenario unfolded on my newsfeed. During a…

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,…

Al Chet

By Merri Ukraincik | September 18, 2018

My G-d, the G-d of Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah, May all my cries of al chet reach you through…

Apologizing to Mrs. S

By Rachel Hercman | September 17, 2018

Until I got to college, I was a fairly lazy student and found most classes to be unstimulating. Looking back,…

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,…

Forgiving, For You.

By Shira Lankin Sheps | September 13, 2018

We all know the feeling. The heart-pounding, reverberating through our whole bodies. Heads feeling swollen with anger. The full body…

When He Wouldn’t Say My Name

By Shira Lankin Sheps | August 12, 2018

Recently I went away for Shabbos. People close to us sponsored a kiddush in our honor, and it was 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…