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The Legacy of The Bat Mitzvah

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan. I have been thinking a lot about the next stage of parenting for me.  I have an almost ten-year-old daughter and we all know what that means. Soon enough, she will be a bat mitzvah. Since my own bat mitzvah, I…

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When a Kid Believes in Miracles

Last night I was cleaning up the kitchen after a draining day. My husband is traveling for work and I was alone with the kids. We had spent the afternoon setting up the bomb shelter in case rockets and their sirens would come to Jerusalem overnight. It had been quiet in our neighborhood, but the…

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Breaking and Rebuilding

Written by Shira Lankin Sheps & Rachel Hercman One year ago, on October 27, 2018, The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA was hit with a terror attack by a gunman who killed 11 people praying together. This attack is considered the largest attack on a Jewish community in American history.  These people were…

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Torah Learning At Any Stage

Dr. Yael Ziegler, Matan, Jewish Education, Torah Learning, Women's Scholarship, Tanach

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan- The Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies in honor of their 30th-anniversary dinner this Chol Hamoaid Sukkot in Jerusalem. When we decided to move to Jerusalem, one of the selling points was the access to the multitude of Torah institutions…

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Rachelle’s Story: When A Nation Unites

The Layers Project Magazine, Rabbanit Rachelle Fraenkel, Matan, Terrorism, Jewish Women, Stories of Jewish Women, Torah Teacher, Female Torah Teacher, Israel, Jerusalem

THIS PROFILE IS BROUGHT TO THE LAYERS PROJECT MAGAZINE THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH MATAN, IN HONOR OF THEIR 30TH-YEAR ANNIVERSARY DINNER CHOL HAMOAID SUKKOT 2019, IN JERUSALEM. (1/6) Who We Are “For me, Torah came from my home during my upbringing. I have amazing parents and I feel privileged in many ways. They gave me the gift…

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Chaya’s Story: Fighting Harder, Hope for the Future

The Layers Project Magazine, Chaya Bina Katz, Matan, Childhood Cancer, Jewish Women, Stories of Jewish Women, Profile, Jewish, Israel

This profile is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan, in honor of their 30th-year anniversary dinner Chol Hamoaid Sukkot 2019, in Jerusalem. (1/7) “I Should Have Known” “Matan was founded thirty years ago by a group of incredible women who learned Torah together, sitting with my mother around a dining…

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I Was Wrong, About Tisha Ba’av

The Layers Project Magazine, Tisha Baav, Terrorism, Israel, Cancer, Tragedy, Shira Lankin Sheps

I was wrong.  Last year on Tisha Ba’av, I was a brand new olah, living here in Jerusalem for no more than two weeks. I stood out on my mirpeset, and I looked out on the city, twinkling with light and movement, while I heard the words of Eicha. I wrote a piece that night,…

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Jerusalem, Forever

I’ve waxed poetic about Jerusalem in almost every post I’ve written since I moved here, 11 months ago. The way she buzzes with energy from dawn to dusk. The way the sun blankets everything in blazing heat. How slippery her stones can be in the rain. How she twinkles at night, from lights in thousands…

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The Shoah Remembrance Collection

Yom Hashoah 2019 “Woman of Valour” Submitted By Gila Leipnik “My grandmother was really beautiful.The kind of beauty that shines through someone’s eyes and which, at the end, made her oxygen mask and the aura of confusion emulsify into the shadows.My grandmother was the blue part of the flame, coming in contact with her made…

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A New Meaning To Zachor

Yom Hashoah has been painful every year that I have observed it. The first experience I remember was when my Oma, my grandmother, spoke in public for the first time about being a survivor of the Holocaust. We were at a commemoration event at the shul where my father was the Rabbi. I stood on…

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Rona’s Story: Women in The Workplace

(1/7) “You Can Do This” “Unlike my parents, I did not dream of becoming a classroom teacher. I knew I wanted to work with children in some capacity.  I don’t know when I decided that my other love, theater, would not work in my life beyond being a hobby. I knew that creative passions would…

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