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My Lonely Passover in Uruguay

By Naomi Tomky

During her semester abroad in Uruguay, Naomi Tomky couldn’t find a Passover Seder to attend. The year after, she decided to host her own — and thus, the ‘Freder’ was born.Read More

The Limits One Woman Confronted When Dating While Disabled — and Jewish

By Laura Hess

Laura Hess dreamed of meeting her very own Paul Newman. And when she went to a matchmaker, she sounded like a perfect catch — until he discovered her disability.Read More

My Big Fat Irish Bar Mitzvah

By Judith Hannan

Judith Hannan fretted that her husband’s Irish culture might take over the hearts of their children. The twins found room for both when it came to their bar and bat mitzvahs.Read More

Lessons of Crime and Punishment in New Square Yeshiva

By Shulem Deen

As a young dad in the Skverer sect, Shulem Deen took the one job open to him: teacher. He was shocked to find that punishment was the bedrock of education at the New Square Yeshiva.Read More

How Kayaking in Alaska Prepared Me To Be a Rabbi

By Niles Elliot Goldstein

‘Gonzo Judaism’ Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein opens up how a kayaking trip through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge prepared him for his rabbinate — despite the sensory overload.Read More

Secrets of the Land of Esther

By Laura Shapiro Kramer

Iran has threatened Jews for decades. But Laura Shapiro Kramer had a very different experience in the land where the Purim story takes place.Read More

How My Bully Went to Prison

By Anna Goldenberg

Have you ever wondered what has become of your childhood bully? Allen Kurzweil did — and found a story of fraud, lies, and precious little redemption.Read More

The Secrets of Jewish Brownsville

By Deena Yellin

If you consider Brownsville to be nothing more than a crime-ridden and impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood, think again. It was once a leafy suburban paradise for the Jews.Read More

Am I Really ‘World’s Worst Mom’?

By Lenore Skenazy

Lenore Skenazy teaches children to be more daring, and parents to calm down on her new reality TV show. Does that make her the ‘World’s Worst Mom’?Read More

Freeze My Eggs — Please!

By Susie Kantar

What do you do when you suddenly find yourself single at the age of 34? More and more women believe the answer is to freeze their eggs.Read More

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