Judaism

The Night I Was Redeemed

By Yael Saffra | April 14, 2022

It was the night of the Exodus.  There we were in our homes; waiting, terrified, and exhilarated.  As per Moses’s…

Reckoning With Reality; Standing Up For Our Future

By Rachel Sharansky Danziger | February 28, 2022

My sister and I were born in the wake of a historic triumph. My father, Natan Sharansky, was arrested by…

Mila’s Story: They Can Never Erase Them

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 27, 2022

In Honor of International Holocaust Day: Mila’s Story: Mila grew up in southern Poland, in a town called Chrzanow. Her…

Choosing Love

By Cheryl Nayowitz | August 24, 2021

As much as I loved love and dished it out generously to others, I fed myself fear. This ingestion was…

My Last Trip To The Mikvah

By Michaela Abenson | April 27, 2021

I just went to the mikvah for the last time. I am 28 years old. I took my time getting…

Life in the Ghetto and Journey to Auschwitz- Excerpt from the Story of Leah Klein

By Shira Lankin Sheps | April 7, 2021

“The Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in March 1944. The first thing they did was to take away the Jewish work permits.…

My Conversion Journey

By Kylie Ora Lobell | December 17, 2020

I’m standing in front of the Jewish ritual bath, the mikvah, wearing only a white cotton robe and clear plastic…

Shifting Perspectives

By Atara Sheinson | November 11, 2020

On March 3, 2020 I was sitting at a continuing education course with some colleagues.  I remember getting texts on…

How Far I’ve Come

By Jessica Koenigsberg | October 27, 2020

Twenty years ago today, I was in Israel in seminary for about twelve days when right before Rosh Hashana, my…

Son of My Strength

By Carly Chodosh | September 24, 2020

A  few months ago, at 8:14 PM on Shabbos Shlach, my baby was born and I announced, “It’s a boy!!”…

Azi’s Story: “Finding the Light Within Us”

By Shira Lankin Sheps | August 24, 2020

(1/8): “Feeling Deeply” “From a very young age, I had a great capacity to feel. I recall watching an episode…

Waiting For All the Answers

By Shira Lankin Sheps | July 30, 2020

This year I am almost at a loss for words.  The last two years I have wrestled with the question,…