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The Ripple Effect

I had dipped in and out of self-pity that I was 35 years old and not married yet. However, after hearing Rabbi Arush speak that night in Las Vegas, my life changed…

From the Pits

DG is doing time in a Texas prison for a violent crime. He found himself in a kill or be-killed situation, for it's not easy to be a Jewish boy in an environment like that…

My Burning Bush Moment

We ate matzot on Passover and bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwiches on Shabbat. Accentuating our similarities with general Santa Barbara society was our family's major objective...

Individuality

Individuality is a gift, not a liability. The more we can learn to accept it, the faster our shortcomings become opportunities and the darkness in our lives become light…

A Blessing in Disguise

She was a popular teenager with plenty of boys asked her out on dates. But, for some strange reason, something always came up to postpone the Friday night date…

My Brother

The cab driver had a shaved head and a scorpion tattooed on his neck. In his right ear, he sported a diamond-stud earring. He certainly wasn't from my part of the country…

The Tougher League

Baseball fans sigh with relief that Yom Kippur is early this year, so they won't miss the World Series. One ballplayer learned about teshuva from his rise to the Major League..

Ask a Breslever

A young man who didn't have much of an idea about G-d, Torah and Judaism was searching for some answers. He visited one of Ashdod's religious neighborhoods…

From Riches to Righteous

The Japanese rockstar-supermodel-richboy's spiritual journey to Orthodox Judaism brought his Israeli girlfriend to the world of teshuva and miracles, even an earthquake…

My Father’s Faith

After the death of my grandfather, there was a slow decline in the family's religious observance. All the brothers became businessmen and eventually chose secular lifestyles...

Quicksand of Despair

The young lady came from a religious home but had served in the army and had transgressed grave sins. She was so depressed that she was ready to commit suicide...

Measuring Up

She observed other religious women and read books about the righteous. Thanks to her evil inclination, she created a list of should's that she used to torture herself daily...

The CEO Wears a Sheitle

The Chief Executive Officer of a large corporation is not only a woman, but a baalat teshuva as well. What's more, as tough as it is in the corporate world, she covers her hair...

The Master Teacher

She was at the holy Western Wall, immersed in prayer and trying her best to cling to the Almighty, when a bird passed over and dumped its payload right on her head...