Alina Dizik is a freelance journalist. Follow her on Twitter @dizik.
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Very Superstitious

Clinging to old superstitions connects me to my Soviet Jewish roots. But as a mother, I worry about making my children neurotic about the evil eye.

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Let Freedom Bling

Why do I wear a Jewish star on my necklace? Because in other places, people can’t.

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Why I Started Lighting Shabbat Candles

As a Soviet émigré, I didn’t grow up caring about Jewish traditions. But a visit to a concentration camp changed my mind.

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Enough With Russia, Already: I Want To Be an American

When people ask questions about my Soviet past, the answers aren’t easy. I’d rather be defined by my future.

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When My Baby Says Her First Word, Will It Be in English or in Russian?

As a Soviet Jewish émigré, I broke all ties to Russia and its language—or so I thought, until my daughter was born

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