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Judy Field Carr - Miss Judy

Jan 21, 2023
For thirty years, the Jews of Syria knew that in the free world was a mysterious woman, "Miss Judy" doing…

Three Vital Tests

Jan 02, 2023
It was Mother’s Day. Ruthie opened an email from a cherished friend whom she chose not to name.

Sweet Lessons in Sad Places

Dec 29, 2022
It was fall and as the weather was getting colder with potentially stressful events approaching, a relative…

When it isn't So Bad

Nov 27, 2022
I was trying to work out one day and accidently twisted my ankle.

Bob Quillen

Aug 29, 2022
It was 2:00 a.m. when Bob Quillen's phone rang. To his surprise, it was Ray Seigal. Bob had conducted the…

Burned but Beautiful

Aug 08, 2022
An EMT volunteer for United Hatzalah in Israel named Yoav Shemaryahu responded to a medical emergency during…

A Fishy Tale

Jun 27, 2022
I received a fish tank in my teens. I’m not sure if it was for my birthday or some other holiday, but the…

Donna Anthes

May 19, 2022
Donna Anthes was the director of nursing at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital in Wildwood, Georgia.

Sydell

Apr 17, 2022
Sydell Greenberg grew up in a wonderful Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York. As a result of a rough period in…

Bagel Chats

Mar 21, 2022
As I was growing up in my Jewish world there were numerous bagel chats with my friends.

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Purim

The feast of Purim is a joyous occasion. It is celebrated each year on the 14th and 15th…

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Dear Jack

Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 mph zone.
Dear Jack

Doug Bachelor

Doug Batchelor might be the richest caveman to have ever lived. His mother was a Jewish actress and his father was a Gentile…
Doug Bachelor

Follow the Recipe

 don’t know why, but as risk free as I like to be in life, when it comes to following recipes that security loving part of my brain just…
Follow the Recipe

Safe in Iraq

Arthur Branner personally recounted his call to Iraq to be chaplain of a battalion for one year.
Safe in Iraq

Rehearsing for the Jewish High Holy Days

Some years ago I sang as the tenor lay cantor in a Reform Jewish temple. My then voice teacher was the choir director, and there were five…
Rehearsing for the Jewish High Holy Days

Ben Blatt

en Blatt was a driver for a large company. He worked hard, delivered his packages on time, was friendly with the customers, and met all the…
Ben Blatt

Angels on Duty

Donna’s husband suddenly left his family without looking back.
Angels on Duty

Corrie Ten Boom

The Nazis arrested Corrie and the rest of the ten Boom family in Febuary 1944.
Corrie Ten Boom

Samuel Jacobson

Samuel Srolovic Jacobson was born in Lithuania in a loving Orthodox Jewish home. He received religious instruction throughout his childhood…
Samuel Jacobson

Is God's Law My Creed?

In the 1980’s Gerry was selling religious literature door to door.
Is God's Law My Creed?

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Whole Megillah

A Lawsuit with God

One of the most beautifully haunting pieces of cantorial music I have ever sung was called A lawsuit with God. An old pious Jew by the name…

T'shuvah

T'shuvah is the Hebrew word, for lack of a better term, meaning return. The Jewish writer Erich Fromm, who was also a practicing…

Great Bad Timing

I was rushing to go to work since I started driving later than I would have liked, but I knew I had to stop to get some gas eventually.

Bolster Your Memory

ne special evening many years ago a small group of family members began sharing memorized passages from their school days.

And They Lived Happily...

Author Richard Paul Evans has written many novels that carry the theme “and they lived happily ever after”.

Havdalah

I’ve written in a previous article about Reuben Caplin (Ruby), my voice teacher and choral conductor at the reform temple that I sang at…

The Bar Mitzvah Boys

Bobby and I were friends for as long as I can remember. We not only had a bond of close friendship, but we respected one another. Bobby had…

Rachmonis

Rachmonis (the Yiddish word for mercy and pity) I remember coming home from school many times and being very angry. Good thing my favorite…

Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld

Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld came into my life in the early 1960’s. He was then the senior rabbi at the Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, Ohio.

The Power of the Book

A few years ago, in the confusion of transferring multiple pieces of luggage from one plane to another, the preacher lost one very…

Living the Mitzvah

When my wife and I moved to North Carolina from Florida, we gave up a good support system.

Belev Echad

Belev Echad (“One Heart” in Hebrew) is an organization that brings wounded Israeli Defense Force soldiers together with victims from…

Steven Grabiner

Steven Grabiner finally made it to Israel. The savings bonds that he received at his Bar Mitzvah had come to maturity and provided the fare…

Getting Annoyed with God

I was working on an important task on the computer that I needed to complete and then the electricity went out.

Joshua Sink

From as early as Joshua Sink could remember he had a passion for flying. While children typically change occupational dreams a dozen times,…

Bubbe’s Zalts

Bubbe’s Zalts (Yiddish for the word salt) On a scale of one to ten, my mother was a ten. Mama was my heart. My bubbe, however, was a ten…

Keep on Loving

“How did you and Duane manage to have such a loving and close family?” Kathy asked following the funeral service for Doris’s husband.

Louie, Louie!

I loved going to my aunt Lilly’s house when I was kid to play with my cousin Al. I also liked being with aunt Lilly. Next to my mother, she…

Bubbe Brocha

One of the greatest women to have ever come into my life as I was growing up was my great grandmother, Bertha Nehampkin. She would have an…

My Cousin the Medic

I knew my cousin the medic when I was a teenager. His American name was Lester, but his European name was Lazza.

Like as a Father

While we were conducting business in Earl’s office recently, prominently displayed on his desk was a picture of him and his wife in a…

The Kinsmen Cowboys

As I was growing up I’d always heard about the Lower East Side of New York City. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.

East 105th Street

I grew up on East 105th Street, in Cleveland, Ohio. I went to Gracemont Elementary school. My mother would bring me a “snack” at recess…

My Mother's Honor

 awoke late the morning that I write this, perhaps delayed by a vivid dream.

Sophie Stillman

Most American college graduates choose to start families, launch careers, and settle down into “adulthood.” University of Minnesota-Twin…

False Assurance

It was rainy weather for days but since the rain itself wasn’t very heavy I felt I could stay comfortable with just my umbrella, even if I…

New Beginnings

“Why don’t you like me?” questioned Lois’s house guest.

Trying to Fit

I have been very lucky in that there is a lot of flexibility regarding what I can wear to work.

God’s Care

Most of the time I prefer to write humorous, light hearted things. This time I want to write something more serious. Not somber, but…

Factory Reset

Have you ever messed up your smartphone or computer so badly by adding or subtracting things that it couldn’t be fixed?

Masterpiece Cakeshop Conflict Redux

Those who imagined the Supreme Court decided in favor of Jack Phillips and his wedding cake business may have been drinking the Kool Aid if…

Snails and Spinach

When Dona was a young girl she was supposed to cook some spinach for her father because he had high blood pressure and wanted to eat a…

Satan Popped the Watermelon

It was Friday and I was busy cleaning and getting ready for Sabbath as usual. I tossed out an empty bottle of water in the kitchen after…

Road Rage

I was on my way to meet someone in a place I had never been before. The home I was going to was so new even the GPS I got a few years…

Hidden Blessings

When my family moved we picked a house surrounded by some trees. The trees along one side of the house were pretty interesting.

Gloria

During my mission’s trip I began a journalism project at the children’s orphanage in Mexicali Mexico, which is also referred to as the…

Silly and Sick

When I was a little girl I loved all sorts of pets. I had pet potato-bugs, pet spiders, pet caterpillars, and pet ants.

Except for That

Since I was a child I was always seemed to be the sickest child out of my siblings. I got sick on many occasions and have been found to…

Silly George

My neighbor asked if I could watch her cats while she was away. One of her cats, George, had to be on a special diet for his health and had…

Unfaithfully Yours

Emily, my closest friend from high school was voted the one most likely to succeed at everything she did in life, but Emily wanted nothing…

The Overcomer

During the time that I spent with the children at the orphanage in Mexicali Mexico I was finishing my journalism project when I meet a very…

The Request

In embarrassment and shame I slowly approached the throne of the Holy One. I keenly felt the poison from sting of guilt working its way…

Dead Branches

I was trimming some roses. I noticed that for some reason many of the branches had died so I was removing them. As I become aware of how…

The Gratitude Attitude

My friend, Bill Schiebler, is a man who lives by our philosophy that you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough…

Ctrl + Z

One of my favorite keyboard shortcuts is Ctrl + Z. It instantly deletes the last action you took. Put a wrong word in, hit Ctrl + Z, it’s…

Angry with the GPS

I was not having a good day. I didn’t feel very well, and I woke up around 4:00 in the morning to get to work on time, but despite giving…

A Zionist Muslim

It's rare to find a Zionist Muslim, rarer yet to see one speak publicly about his support of Israel.

My Rabbi

I really appreciate my Rabbi. I asked this man so many questions the mere fact he could tolerate it seemed to be a sign of a relationship…

Attacking the Wrong Thing

One summer I was mowing the yard with my mom and at some point I heard her yell “run!” I quickly abandoned the lawnmower and ran up the…

My Rabbi's Tie

I was searching for something to give my Rabbi and his wife. I loved them very much so I just wanted to give something. I found his wife a…

The Time I Hated God

That period of time may have lasted about a year or so, but the amount of time isn’t that important. What I really want to tell you is how…

Sick Logic and Biblical Wisdom

I was in a training class for a new job. One day the teacher mentioned that we had been exposed to strep throat because someone who was in…

Cruise Control

I am used to traveling pretty far distances for work but one thing I never really used while driving was cruise control. I knew it was…

I'd Rather Love a Love Bug Than Die

I decided to book a last minute flight to Florida. I knew my Rabbi had hosted a Sukkot retreat in Florida for some years but I didn’t live…

Dorchester

On February 3, 1943 a torpedo struck the S.S. Dorchester. Chaos reigned on board as the boat filled with water. Men rushed aroundin a…

Quiet Desperation

The writer and great thinker Thoreau wrote “most people lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”…

My Effort

There are some things that we do that don't make as much sense as we think they do. One of those things caused me a lot of concerned and…

The Hiding Place

In November of 1972 my parents emigrated from Israel to the United States, several months prior to my birth in January of 1973. At the age…

Forgiveness

Three years ago, a friend said something to me that hurt very deeply. I was speechless. I could not believe she could say that and mean it.…

Dummies

As I look at my bookshelf . . . for the new generation, a bookshelf, usually made out of wood, a device to hold rectangular pieces of paper…

Uncle Louie's Santa Clause

Uncle Louie was loved by his nephews and nieces, by his friends, and everybody that knew him. He worked at different jobs at different…

Growing up with Mark

As I was growing up I couldn't remember when Mark wasn't a part of my life. We were in elementary school together, junior high, but we…

The Mitzvah

It was one of those mornings when the multitude of chores was overwhelming. There were several things that I had to do, and one of them was…

The Golden Retreiver

It was Sabbath and I was going to go on a walk with my mom after eating a wonderful lunch, but after going outside I decided the coat I had…

The Workman's Circle

When I was growing up in my Jewish world I would often hear about a Jewish organization called The Workmen's Circle. I thought that I'd…

Bad Egg

When I was little I really loved living things in general and liked to keep them as pets. I had pet spiders, caterpillars, potato bugs,…

Surges of Hope

As I write this, not only do I write it for you, but for me as well. This has been a particularly difficult week for me in many ways. Yet,…

Noah's Bubbe

Kathleen Moore is an RN, a mental health counselor, specializing in the field of grief and loss, and a person with impeccable taste in…

A Danish or Ice Cream?

Since I was a kid I loved Danish pastries, especially blueberry and prune, and I was always ecstatic about ice cream. If I had to choose…

Cream Cheese vs Peanut Butter

Since I was a kid I loved cream cheese. I also loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My mother could never understand how I could like…

Cyril Miller

Cyril Miller has seen God answer many prayers in his life. When Cyril was about 14 years old he contracted a staph infection from a scratch…

Phil and Joan

Phil Bova was enjoying his life to the fullest. In addition to his career as an entertainer for many years he was also a lay cantor for a…

Tanya

Tanya grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home in the Soviet Union. Her family's tea business was beginning to flourish when Stalin began his…

Rabbi Joe Kagan

Rabbi Joe Kagan had a beautiful tenor voice. At age 13 he sang at Carnegie Hall. He was very educated and became a rabbi. In addition to…

Sidney Robboy

Robboy was born in Russia during the cruel anti-Semitic pogroms of the Czars. When Sidney was a young boy his family escaped from Russia by…

Tom Kapusta

Tom Kapusta loved his father. Tom was proud of his career in the military. After learning about the seventh day Sabbath Tom's faith in God…

The Lord is My Shepherd

I remember going on a Shabbat drive through the beautiful countryside somewhere in the middle of nowhere with family. It was great enjoying…

A Reason to Praise God

Why praise God? The same answer kept coming into my mind: praise God for the work that He has done, and is doing in your life. Our God is…

Barbara Gurien

Barbara Gurien was working as an ultrasound technologist when she went on a date with a Jewish man who believed in Y'shua as the Messiah.…

Clifford Goldstein

Clifford Goldstein will tell you that his family tree is full of typewriters, pens, and books. His blood is 50% hemoglobin and 50% ink. In…

Alan Reinach

Outwardly Alan Reinach appeared to be an unlikely candidate for God's kingdom, but in his heart, he was searching for truth. But a phone…

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My Mother's Honor

 awoke late the morning that I write this, perhaps delayed by a vivid dream.

Leaving Your Tooth in a GreenTomato

My brother had tomato plants, but where we lived there was so much wildlife it was hard to get anything out of our gardening efforts. It…

False Assurance

It was rainy weather for days but since the rain itself wasn’t very heavy I felt I could stay comfortable with just my umbrella, even if I…

Hidden Blessings

When my family moved we picked a house surrounded by some trees. The trees along one side of the house were pretty interesting.

Road Rage

I was on my way to meet someone in a place I had never been before. The home I was going to was so new even the GPS I got a few years…

New Beginnings

“Why don’t you like me?” questioned Lois’s house guest.

Masterpiece Cakeshop Conflict Redux

Those who imagined the Supreme Court decided in favor of Jack Phillips and his wedding cake business may have been drinking the Kool Aid if…

The Power of the Book

A few years ago, in the confusion of transferring multiple pieces of luggage from one plane to another, the preacher lost one very…

Snails and Spinach

When Dona was a young girl she was supposed to cook some spinach for her father because he had high blood pressure and wanted to eat a…

Getting Annoyed with God

I was working on an important task on the computer that I needed to complete and then the electricity went out.

Sophie Stillman

Most American college graduates choose to start families, launch careers, and settle down into “adulthood.” University of Minnesota-Twin…

Trying to Fit

I have been very lucky in that there is a lot of flexibility regarding what I can wear to work.

Factory Reset

Have you ever messed up your smartphone or computer so badly by adding or subtracting things that it couldn’t be fixed?

Silly and Sick

When I was a little girl I loved all sorts of pets. I had pet potato-bugs, pet spiders, pet caterpillars, and pet ants.

Unfaithfully Yours

Emily, my closest friend from high school was voted the one most likely to succeed at everything she did in life, but Emily wanted nothing…

The Overcomer

During the time that I spent with the children at the orphanage in Mexicali Mexico I was finishing my journalism project when I meet a very…

Except for That

Since I was a child I was always seemed to be the sickest child out of my siblings. I got sick on many occasions and have been found to…

Gloria

During my mission’s trip I began a journalism project at the children’s orphanage in Mexicali Mexico, which is also referred to as the…

Silly George

My neighbor asked if I could watch her cats while she was away. One of her cats, George, had to be on a special diet for his health and had…

The Time I Hated God

That period of time may have lasted about a year or so, but the amount of time isn’t that important. What I really want to tell you is how…

Attacking the Wrong Thing

One summer I was mowing the yard with my mom and at some point I heard her yell “run!” I quickly abandoned the lawnmower and ran up the…

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