Mila’s Story: They Can Never Erase Them

In Honor of International Holocaust Day: Mila’s Story: Mila grew up in southern Poland, in a town called Chrzanow. Her parents had six children: three boys and three girls — Malka, Chaim, Moshe, Mesia, Nachman, and Mila. The summer of 1939 would be the last the family ever spent together. As the Nazis invaded Poland,…

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Learning to Rest

I never let myself rest.  At some point when I was sick with chronic illness, all I could do was rest.  I was told by my doctor that all I could do was stay in bed. I was not allowed to work, or to get up and move around. I wasn’t allowed to watch TV…

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The Next Chapter

It’s funny how sometimes we end up creating for others what we need the most. The Layers Project was born because I needed to say out loud that my life was imperfect and messy. That I was struggling and complicated– but also that it was OK to live an imperfect life. I felt that the…

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Reality Under Rockets

I had never heard a rocket siren before. I’ve watched countless videos of rocket sirens, rocket explosions, and all sorts of violence. But I had never heard it above my own head before. The city of Jerusalem was exploding with energy yesterday. There were Arab riots in pockets of the city- fighting against police, throwing…

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In the Eye of the Storm

My father is in the hospital sick with COVID.  It has been many months since words like “coronavirus” “quarantine” and “pandemic” have been coming out of our mouths. Words we never said before.  Along with those words came a mounting fear; sometimes we could feel the virus breathing down our necks, on the verge of…

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Azi’s Story: “Finding the Light Within Us”

(1/8): “Feeling Deeply” “From a very young age, I had a great capacity to feel. I recall watching an episode of Sesame Street and Big Bird went away to camp. My mom asked me why I was crying, but I couldn’t quite verbalize the intensity of my sadness. My exuberance for life was intense too.…

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Waiting For All the Answers

This year I am almost at a loss for words.  The last two years I have wrestled with the question, “Why are we mourning on Tisha Baav?” The first time I asked the question, I was living as a new olah in Jerusalem. I was so overwhelmed by the intensity and vibrancy of the city,…

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Enough, For Now

I’ve been trying to make sense of the time period that we are living in right now.  We have been bombarded with endless adversity: global pandemics of many kinds of ills– hatred, illness, and injustice. The world is in so much pain. Typically on Layers, I take it one story at a time. I unwrap…

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Tova’s Story: Finding My Inner Strength

(1/6): Seeds For The Future “It all started when I was living in New Jersey. I was a teacher and a camp director. On the outside, I portrayed a respectable, successful, and confident woman- but within I didn’t feel those things about myself. I felt like I had to put on a show. My insecurities…

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