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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Yom Haatzmaut 2020

This moment is like thousands of moments we’ve had before.  Life in Israel has historically never been easy. Life here regularly includes war, rockets, threats, bombs, and stabbings. It’s rocky with instability; in current events and our politics.  COVID is a new one for us. But there is a reason why our country is growing.…

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No, You’re Not Failing Quarantine

I am sick of feeling pressure to be productive in isolation. This scenario that we have been living in for over a month has been a mixed bag. There were some weeks where I was calm and feeling grounded by the fact that I had nowhere to be and no work to do. I had…

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Remembering Olly & Mimmi

I had just walked through Auschwitz- Birkenau and seen things that I could never have imagined in my worst nightmares. I was 19 years old and visiting Poland on a Heritage trip- to witness the destruction of Jewish life in Europe under the hands of the Nazis, and to learn about the rich history of…

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