Inspiration of the Month

Surviving My Near Fatal Marriage – Av 5782

The knock on the front door brought my husband back to the present moment. The crazy look in his eyes faded. He released his hand from my throat and holstered the gun he had been pressing against my forehead.

He warned me that if I called the police, he’d make sure I didn't live to testify against him and abruptly left the bedroom of the house we shared together with our two young children. I fell to my knees, gasping for air.

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Was the (Jewish) Darling of the Mullahs a Mossad Spy – Av 5782

Catherine Perez-Shakdam’s life reads like One Thousand and One Nights. Her biographical stories include a paternal grandfather incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp in Tunisia, a maternal grandfather who sought to escape Hitler by converting to Christianity and fighting in the French resistance, four years living as a Sunni Muslim wife in Yemen, escorting the future President of Iran on the campaign trail, and other tales more intricately woven than a deftly designed Persian carpet.

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Survivor of a Terrible Car Accident Asks What’s to Be Learned, Not Why It Happened -Tammuz 5782

In 2018, after an event at her synagogue, Yana was crossing the street to get to her car, and she was hit by an oncoming vehicle that threw her into the air. Within a split second, she landed on top of the oncoming car, shattering the windshield with her head. When one of the synagogue members came out and saw what had happened, emergency responders were immediately called to the scene. Yana was in critical condition, intubated, and taken to the Lankenau Hospital trauma unit.

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My Husband’s Holy Work – The Battle Against Depression – Tammuz 5782

As I opened the door, my eyes zoomed in on my husband’s coat and shoes, remaining in the same spot as when I left that morning. The thought weighed on me like a ton of bricks. “It’s happening again.” “How long would this depression last?” The never-ending days of anxiety made leaving the house too hard.

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Rabbi Moscowitz Returns to Wartorn Kharkiv – Sivan 5782

Three months after the war began, Rabbi Moshe Moscowitz drove fifteen hours back to his Kharkiv community and synagogue

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History of the Jews of Yemen – Sivan 5782

An ancient Jewish community that survived all odds and came home.

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11 Famous Ukrainian Jews – Iyar 5782

Pres. Zelensky joins a long list of amazing Ukrainian Jews who have made the world a better place.

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A Jewish Family’s Exodus from Mariupol – Ukraine’s “Living Hell” – Iyar 5782

The people of Mariupol understood they were living on a powder keg. On the Ukraine side of the makeshift border with the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, Mariupol has been a flashpoint since 2014. That’s why, when Russia invaded Ukraine six weeks ago, Mariupolites thought they were better prepared than most. They thought they knew what to expect. Tragically, they were wrong.

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Overcoming Shortages to Bring Passover to 30,000 Ukraine Refugees in Europe – Nissan 5782

Mega-seders and home deliveries require many tons of shmurah matzah, wine and other staples

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If Not for You, I Would be Dead – Nissan 5782

“If not for you, I would be dead,” were her first words to me after I told her who was calling. It had been more than 40 years since the last time we spoke.

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