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  • Rejecting the title of modern-day Job

    Beset by tragedy, including the loss of his wife, a Jewish poet and liturgist rejects a rabbi’s reference to Job — but now he understands.

  • The struggles of a holier-than-thou husband

    With his increased Jewish observance over the years straining his marriage, a husband finds some perspective in the words of a Hasidic master.

  • How about shiva for the divorced?

    The Jewish people, who tend to apply ritual to almost every aspect of life, perhaps should prescribe a set of shiva-like rituals for divorce, a marketing and communications professional writes.

  • For an infertile woman, grandma makes the ultimate gift

    Grandma Rachel comes through again — in her own way — for a granddaughter who is unable to conceive. And despite her death nearly two decades ago, she hasn’t stopped helping.

  • For one mother, is decision to ‘opt out’ a cop-out?

    A stay-at-home mom, admittedly insecure, wonders if not returning to work is a convenient way of surrendering to her fears and not facing the world.

  • For a free spirit, TV provides a new lens on life

    In an excerpt from the forthcoming book “Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid,” Joshua Safran writes about reconsidering his worldview after a seventh-grade assignment: watching the nightly news as homework.

  • Can true love bridge the meat and dairy divide?

    Unpacking in the new apartment she would share with her boyfriend of four years, a 20-something makes a revelation: The couple would need to be less like the families they came from and more like the family they would create together.

  • At a Muslim-Jewish conference, dialogue and hope

    Those furthest apart can be brought closer together — an interfaith dialogue conference in Sarajevo proves it, writes a researcher at NGO Monitor in Jerusalem.