Issues: Is God a Crutch?

Is God a Crutch?

Many of us who believe in Jesus (especially those of us who are Jewish) hear from our non-believing friends and relatives that he is “only a crutch.” Robert Rosett, a family physician in California, remembers the first time, as a child, that he asked his...

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What I Thought Was Me*

I was born into a middle class, Jewish American family, which would have made me a princess except my father was a florist, not a doctor. We celebrated the traditional Jewish holidays in a superficial way. While I was taught there was a God, I never really knew him....

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Lifting the Dark Curtain
Author: Carole Cohen

Lifting the Dark Curtain I was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 23, 1949, to a Jewish mother and gentile father. When I was two, they divorced. My mother, Harriet, was very liberal and not very interested in Judaism. She cooked bacon, ham and sausage. She read...

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Renouncing the Stigma of Mental Illness

Renouncing the Stigma of Mental Illness “It’s said that people with mental illness face a double-edged sword,” writes Margarita Tartakovsky. “Not only do they have to contend with serious, disruptive symptoms, they still have to deal with...

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A Step of Faith
Author: Laurie Ornstein

I was born a normal healthy Jewish child on November 17, 1963, in Huntington, New York, the youngest of three daughters. And while my childhood memories include receiving presents on Hanukkah, enjoying shul on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and our family seder on the...

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