Eli Reiter is a three-time Moth Slam winner who produced the longform storytelling show Long Story Long. He's working on a collection essays.
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On a Mystical Shabbat in Sarajevo, Finding Solace in a Stranger’s Story

The Shabbat after Tisha B’Av is a time of comfort to the long-suffering Jewish people. Awhile back, in a strange bar in a strange land, I experienced it for myself.

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In an Orthodox Yeshiva, a Conversation About LGBTQ Jews

When a fellow teacher organized a campaign against an organization helping gay Jews stay connected with their communities, I knew it was a teachable moment

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My Own Private Travel Ban

When I finally visited a Muslim nation I was afraid people wouldn’t take kindly to a yarmulke-wearing, bearded, Orthodox Jew like me. Then I realized human kindness always trumps government strictures.

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Philip Roth and the Art of Belonging

For an Orthodox kid yearning to be accepted by the big world outside, the late novelist lit the way

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Can an Observant Jew and a Secular Jew Make It Work?

When ancient laws and modern love meet, some difficult choices arise

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