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  • Lights, Medicine and Miracles: Not a SAD Chanukah.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is known as "winter blues" depression that can leave the victim in a dark cave until spring’s return.  Energy is drained.  Apathy takes over.  The main treatment for SAD is light therapy.

    Light does more than just enable us to see.  Light induces...

  • Yes, Your Life Matters!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 21, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    When Ariel, my first born, entered this world, I had a glimpse of what it is to be God. 

    She was born two months early, through an abrupt birth, an emergency C-section.  I was kicked out of the delivery room, though I begged as a father, not as a physician.  Wheeled out inside a...

  • Science and Mysticism.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 26, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    In my second year of Medical School, during cadaveric dissections, I was struck by how limited our brains are.  We tease apart the dead to unravel the mysteries of life.  How odd!  Friends are shocked to see a physician with background in microbiology drawn to mysticism.  Trying to...

  • Harmony in the Universe

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 18, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    I woke up this morning thinking about creation.  There were several aspects to this thought.  One is the formation and creation of light and darkness.  The other is this idea of harmony.  I'll start with the second and move to the first.  What is so amazing,...

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  • Gold teeth from God?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 3, 2008 | 12:35 pm

    Unlike a story I blogged about earlier this week, the report that follows is not an April Fool’s joke. Instead, it’s one of the most interesting stories I’ve covered in the past four years, one that blurs the line between myth and miracle.

    SAN BERNARDINO—If Jesus could turn water into...

  • The Amazon’s magical mystery rabbi

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Details of Rabbi Shalom Emmanuel Muyal's mission and death in the Amazon remain obscure, but that's nothing compared to the mystery of his afterlife.

    Local Catholics have named him the Santo Judeu Milagreiro de Manaus, or the Holy Jewish Miracle Worker of Manaus. His tomb receives...

  • Over a Cliff

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I once heard a colleague recount how, after lecturing about God, a man came up and told him that he was impressed with his lecture. He explained that although he wasn't personally observant and didn't attend synagogue, he had a close relationship with the Almighty.

    This intrigued...

  • Silence Is Golden

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A saleswoman, driving home in northern Arizona, sees a Navajo woman hitchhiking, stops the car and invites the Navajo woman to join her.

    As they drive, the Navajo woman glances repeatedly at a brown bag on the front seat between them.

    "If you are wondering what's in the bag," the...

  • Jewish Wizard Takes Flight in New Potter Book

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Are there Jews at Hogwarts? The world's most famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry might be muggle-free, but it is possible that it has an equal-opportunity policy for Jewish wizards.

    In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth of seven books in J.K. Rowling's...

  • Another Oil Miracle

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a time to recall the miracle that occurred more than 2,000 years ago, and celebrate the discovery of the small amount of oil that burned for eight days, the amount of time needed to prepare pure oil from the local olive trees to rekindle the...

  • Coincidence? I Think Not

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When two friends who are torn apart by the Holocaust discover nearly 40 years later that they live in the same New York neighborhood, some would call it "coincidence."

    Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal call it a "small miracle."

    The two friends have taken the "small miracle"...

  • Relying on Miracles

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Before the last Chanukah candle is lit, I'd like to say a word about miracles.

    As one who lives daily with the diagnosis of cancer, I find that the lighting of the menorah has a special resonance this year. I know more than I care to about dark, unpredictable fortune. I have a...

  • New York Miracle

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There's a storefront church next door to my friend Bill's apartment in New York City's East Village. I'm staying with him for a week, so I pass the church a lot, and the sign in the window becomes like a refrain.

    "Free: hugs, foot washing, Band-Aids & money. While $upplies last."

    You...

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