Spirituality

My Broken, Tarnished Faith

How a twisted Star of David became the perfect representation of my connection to Judaism.

In Zimbabwe, Unraveling Mysterious Jewish Roots

One woman’s incredible, complex journey to Judaism – a century in the making.

A Jew in a Jesuit School

Anytime the professor, a pastor, pondered a question about Jewish practice, she’d call on me and wait for my answer. I never had one.

Revealing The Soul of an Artist

By his mid-twenties celebrity photographer Jared Bernstein was part of the inner circle of rock stars, actors, and real estate moguls. Why did he walk away from it all?

Surviving My Near Fatal Marriage

And discovering the healing power of forgiveness.

How to Maintain Your Connection with a Deceased Parent

How can I “give” something to my father who is no longer alive?

My Story of Sexual Abuse

It’s time to free myself from the shackles of shame.

Growing Up Catholic and My Grandmother’s Hidden Past

During WWII my European grandparents heroically fought against evil. My spiritual search would reveal my family’s shocking past.

Me and the Moai: What Was I Doing on a Remote Polynesian Island?

The statues forge a connection between the Polynesian ancestors and members of the community. I, too, have been looking to reconnect to the chain of my ancestors.

Did I Lock the Door? Living with OCD

OCD lives in the world of doubt and uncertainty, in those horrible words, “But what if...?”

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.

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.

Mark Moskowitz's Story: In Prison for Defrauding Investors, I Turned My Life Around

Locked in a cell with no cell phone, Mark Moskowitz faced his demons.

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.

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.

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.

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

My father dedicated his life to the service of others.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Bruce Springsteen and Me

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

My Choice

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

Rescuing Daughter from Church Orphanage

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

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.

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.'

A 75-Year Wait for Kaddish

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

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.

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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