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Orthodox Child's Transgender Journey From Moshe to Miryam

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Moshe was unhappy during bar mitzvah preparation. Then the Orthodox child came out as transgender — and a life-changing journey began.Read More


Confessions of a Christian Zionist

By John Propper

John Propper was an evangelical Christian and a strong supporter of Israel. Then he converted to Judaism — and that changed everything.Read More


Why I Wish I'd Had a High School Prom

By Frimet Goldberger

Frimet Goldberger came face-to-face with a high school prom during a vacation. It made her regret that she didn’t have such a celebration to mark her entry into adulthood.Read More


400 Years After Portugal’s Inquisition, a Very Unusual Family Comes Together

By Jessica Siegel

The descendants of four Portuguese Jewish brothers who fled the Inquisition 400 years ago recently gathered for a reunion. Let’s just say they have some fascinating tales to tell.Read More


Jewish Parents Once Panicked About Teens Joining Cults — But No Longer

By Lenore Skenazy

Back in the 1980s, the biggest supposed threat to Jewish teens was the Moonies or the Hare Krishnas. How did this giant communal freak-out fade away so quickly and completely?Read More


Talking Ticks in the Hasidic Catskills

By Danielle Schlanger

Hasidic women suffering from Lyme disease have recently formed a group to raise awareness about ticks. It’s called Yesh Tickva — a play on the Hebrew phrase for “There’s hope.”Read More


How Hammurabi Got Under the Skin of One Orthodox Talmudist

By Ruchama King Feuerman

Some Torah laws, such as an eye for an eye, also appeared in the Hammurabi Code of ancient Iraq. That discovery leads Ruchama King Feuerman to a crisis of faith.Read More


Literary Bomb Shelter in Tel Aviv

By Rachel Kadish

Rachel Kadish’s creative non-fiction class at Bar Ilan University took place in a bomb shelter on campus. Little did she know how metaphorical the setting would become.Read More


A Trek to (Jewish) Tasmania

By Laura Kramer

Tasmania is know for koala bears, kangaroos and (sorry to disappoint) no devils. Who knew Jews played such a major role in the history of the island off Australia’s south coast?Read More


Lessons of Nepal

By Stuart Schoffman

Young Israeli volunteers go to Nepal to help improve lives in a country far away. They take back something even more precious: inspiration to create a more just society at home.Read More





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