Heaven: Experiencing It & Sean Trank
July 7, 2014
Author: Iris Adler

Two months ago my brother-like friend and co-worker, Sean Trank, asked me to write something about heaven for others to read. In light of his recent passing, I honor his request today.

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What Will Happen In The New Year?
December 18, 2013
Author: David Brickner

In his newest book, Great By Choice author Jim Collins writes, "Life is uncertain, the future unknown. This is neither good nor bad. It just is, like gravity. Yet the task remains: how to master our fate, even so."

Really?

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Rick Warren, Matthew Warren

Mortality and Matthew Warren
April 10, 2013
Author: Jews for Jesus

In light of recent events—the passing of Rick Warren’s son—we would like to highlight the thoughts of Sean Trank, the head of our media department, as he reflects on loss and how we can trust God to redeem our pain. Read his blog here.

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A Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived
January 1, 2013
Author: David Brickner

In our fast-paced, frenetic world, taking time to reflect on the course of our lives may seem like a luxury. Some use the new year as an opportunity for a personal review of how they have measured up to certain ideals and goals. But sometimes opportunities to reflect...

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The Hope of Eternal Life
July 5, 2012
Author: Lynn McCoy

Editor’s note: I was wondering what articles to include in this month’s edition that deals more than usual with the sensitive topic of hell, when I came across this article. I hope it encourages you as it did me. A few months ago, Carol, a Jewish woman...

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Sneak Preview: taken from the final chapter of Moishe Rosen’s yet-to-be published* biography
May 3, 2011
Author: Moishe Rosen

Tell her the doctors said it’s cancer,” I heard Dad coaching Mom from the background, but instead of repeating the news, Mom simply handed him the phone. “It’s cancer that’s spread to my bones,” he announced. After a brief pause I...

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Renee and Richard: A True Love Story
Author: Richard Abend

I never thought I’d get married, for the simple reason that I never thought I would ever meet someone who would love me just for who I am, faults and all. And then I met Renee Shulman…

Renee and I met one afternoon at Queens College through the Hillel group on campus. I was studying geology and had just returned from a field trip. My jeans were filthy and the rest of me wasn’t too clean either. I walked into the room where Hillel was meeting, sort of wondering why I was there. Truth be told, I would have rather been by myself or playing table tennis, but someone had told me I should drop by Hillel and so here I was.

From what I was told later, I understand that Renee, who had been chatting with a group of her girlfriends, stopped mid-conversation when she saw me. Then she pointed me out to her friends and said, “I’m going to marry that guy.” Grubby jeans and all.

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Ruth’s Reflections
April 1, 2010
Author: Ruth Rosen

Dad,” I asked, “Do you have any thoughts on resurrection?” I was hoping he might reach for his dictation machine and give me something for “Moishe’s Musings.” Even though it was only January, the April newsletter would soon be due....

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Marking Time for a Happy New Year
December 1, 2009
Author: David Brickner

In His infinite wisdom, the eternal God marked time and counted the days as He created this world. He is not bound by time, but we, His creation, are. Think of the movies depicting prisoners locked away in solitary confinement or castaways stranded on a desert island....

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Don’t All Good People Go to Heaven?
February 15, 2008
Author: Matt Sieger

  Many people do not believe in a literal heaven so for them, the question “Who goes there?” is moot. The late Dr. Louis Goldberg once told of the time that he went into the store of a Jewish proprietor: He looked so depressed and dejected that I asked him what was...

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Don’t All Good People Go to Heaven?
Author: Matt Sieger

Many people do not believe in a literal heaven so for them, the question “Who goes there?” is moot. The late Dr. Louis Goldberg once told of the time that he went into the store of a Jewish proprietor:

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Fragile Invincibility
November 1, 2006
Author: David Brickner

I am beginning this article in a hospital waiting room. It is August. Susan Perlman, my close colleague, First Assistant and very dear friend is undergoing surgery to remove a tumor that is probably malignant—20 years after having survived a bout with cancer. No...

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An Excerpt from Renee and Richard: A True Love Story
April 1, 2005
Author: Richard Abend

The following are excerpts from an article that appeared in the February edition of ISSUES, our bimonthly publication for Jewish seekers. I never thought I’d get married, for the simple reason that I never thought I would ever meet someone who would love me just...

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My Father’s Secret, My Story
Author: Leah Weinstein

A Jewish woman stumbles across a biblical discovery her father made before he passed on.

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I Remember
Author: Susan Perlman

Birth I remember sitting on daddy’s lap my pretty one” he used to say “give daddy a nice big kiss” I’d smile, put my chubby arms around his neck real tight then plant a big messy kiss on his rough cheek I remember the first day of school,...

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Breaking and Entering: Thoughts on Suffering
Author: Jews for Jesus

When someone’s home is robbed, the victims often say they feel as though their house will never be the same again, as if the intruder has left a permanent scar upon a place once considered safe. Many of us felt that same sense of violation when our security and...

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Permission
Author: Naomi Rothstein

If minutes could choose how they would be used Then eleven September’s 8:45 Might have surrendered its life With 9:03 and 9:43, too. But nobody asked the minutes. They say one of time’s missions is to perfect vision. Time can be a healer of pain And it...

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What Do We Do With Yizkor?
Author: Stephen Katz

What childhood images do the High Holidays stir in your memory? I remember my impatience over the seemingly endless synagogue services balanced with the excitement of knowing something special was happening. Then there was the unusual sight of Jews in uniform, piling...

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In this World You Will Have Trouble…
Author: Daniel Botkin

While hard times are inevitable, some reflections on how God is ready to meet us personally.

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