Merri Ukraincik is a blogger and essayist who is at work on a memoir. Follow her at merriukraincik.com.
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Lessons From Sarajevo’s Jewish Refugees

In 1992 I traveled to Zagreb to help displaced persons fleeing Bosnia and Herzegovina. Years later, I visited Sarajevo and pondered the fragility of freedom.

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What Keeps Me Warm

How an afghan helps me stay connected to the grandmother I lost more than a decade ago

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Hiding Out on Purim

A childhood costume that once concealed what I wanted to hide now reveals what I want to hold tight

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Let the Light In

A challenging and nostalgic visit to see my son in Jerusalem became an inspiration

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A Vaccine Against Anti-Semitism

As parents, we protect our children against everything from measles to polio. How do we inoculate them against bigotry?

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My Grandfather’s Transistor Radio Became a Lifeline During Hurricane Sandy

That radio bonded me to my grandfather, and to God, when I was a child. Decades later, it helped keep my family safe during a disaster.

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The Wall Between Us

At his bar mitzvah, my son took his place in the men’s section of the shul—a place where mothers can’t go

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