CONTENTS

From Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul

Contents

Introduction

Dear Reader

1. TO LIFE

She Didn’t Pray for a Miracle Cynthia Mercati

Salvation in Sarajevo Rabbi Richard Plavin

A Special Grandfather Bel Kaufman

The Story of Mary the Maid Naomi Bluestone

My Son the Rabbi Rabbi Michael Gold

The Pretzel Lady’s Hanukkah Arnold Fine

The Rebbe Said Thank You Rabbi Yosef Jacobson

A Hug in Prison Yitta Halberstam Mandelbaum

A Ray of Peace Rabbi Harvey Abramowitz

Rosa Barbara Sofer

Stranger than Fiction Rabbi Hillel E. Silverman

Choosing Life Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

2. BEING A JEW

The Earth’s Song Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins

A Surprise in Jerusalem Rebecca Heisler

Hanukkah in a Soviet Prison Yosef Begun

How Do You Talk to God? Rabbi Scott Aaron

It’s Only a Matter of Time Lisa Lipkin

The Power of a Blue Box Hanna Bandes Geshelin

What It Means to Be a Mensch Rabbi Benjamin Levene Retold by Rabbi Jack Riemer

Standing by His Word Rabbi Roy D. Tanenbaum

Aaron Feuerstein Rabbi Jack Segal

3. ON LOVE AND KINDNESS

The Power of Holding Hands Rabbi Harold Kushner

The Letter Michael Levy

I Married Her Sunshine Miriam Goldbrenner

With Faith, Back into Life Rabbi Gerald I. Wolpe

The Laundry Bag Chava Weiss

The First Media Fundraiser Miriam Biskin

4. OUR COMMON HUMANITY

By Might or Spirit? Jonathan Elkins

We Are All Jews Now Bryan Aubrey

The Temples Are Burning Rabbi Mona Alfi as told to Bryan Aubrey

Let Freedom Ring in Iowa City Corinne Stavish

Fighting for Freedom Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins

Cardinal Bernardin Marsha Arons

A Jewish Christmas Story Irene Frisch

Go in Good Health Lottie Robins

Upstairs at the Rialto Elayne Clift

The Story of Raoul Wallenberg Tom Veres

The Compassion of a King Beth Huppin

Jerusalem Encounter Bronia Galmitz Gallon

5. FAMILY

Grandmother’s Candlesticks Amy Hirshberg Lederman

Connecting the Generations Gina Klonoff

The Rimonim Denny Pinkus

The Family Heirloom Linda Spiegler

Of Angels and Poinsettias Sara Levinsky Rigler

The Shawl Laurie Mintz

Missing the Boat Tanya Bank

A Direct Line to Heaven Arnold Fine

Raisins and Almonds Elizabeth Sussman Nassau

The World’s Greatest Stand-Up Comedian Rabbi Joan S. Friedman

6. THE HOLOCAUST

Dreaming of Matzah Trish Krotowski

The Fire of Hope Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

The Making of a Physician Judita M. Hruza, M.D.

The Last Four Digits Rabbi Hillel Goldberg

Owing a Debt of Gratitude Erica S. Goldman-Brodie

It Should Once Again See Light Blair P. Grubb, M.D.

A Shabbat Evening in Warsaw Patti Moskovitz

Shoes and Hair Arielle Greenbaum

The Man Who Waited Forty-Five Years to Blow His Shofar Rabbi Allen S. Maller

7. INSIGHTS AND LESSONS

Awakening Blair P. Grubb, M.D.

The Two Eyes Leah Golomb

My Five-Year-Old Spiritual Teacher Rabbi Devora Bartnoff

Diamonds Polished Here Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.

Lost and Found Marsha Arons

To an Audience Yet Unborn Rabbi Mordecai Kamenetzky

Here I Am Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow

8. ECLECTIC WISDOM

To Make a Minyan Hanoch McCarty

Harry’s Blessings Carole Goldstein

The Hanukkah Party Rina Friedman

Glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish Terms

Who Is Jack Canfield?

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?

Who Is Dov Peretz Elkins?

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