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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Alone

Fiction Mindy sits in the neurologist’s waiting room. To her right and left, patients—most with pinched brows and downturned lips—flip through magazines or scroll through Instagram. Directing her eyes to the worn book in her lap, Mindy resumes the chapter of psalms she’s been reciting. Her mother has been in the examining room for the…

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Endometriosis Awareness

176 million women live with endometriosis and I am one of them. To me, this enigmatic and commonly misunderstood disease is a symbol of so much more than a simple illness. The mere utterance of the word ‘endometriosis’ unfurls within me a tangled web of sour resentments and acidic regrets that have been left to…

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The Failings of Solely Focusing on Beauty

As women, we know that we need to take care of ourselves. We should eat nutritious food, dress in a way that makes us feel good inside and out. We have every right to highlight the best of ourselves – from the way we look to doing work that feels good for us. We need…

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Filtering Reality: Instagram and the Megillah

“I think often about the millions of Instagram accounts where their entire personal brand revolves around snapshots of pretty moments. We scroll through our feeds and are dazzled by white smiles, flowing hair, gorgeous sunsets. We think to ourselves, “Wow. Those lives must be perfect. Look how beautiful everything is.” Don’t get me wrong, I…

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Coming Full Circle

Facebook is all about celebration. We see each other’s seemingly perfect lives. The pictures of birthdays, Broadway musicals, picnics, weddings, graduations, perfectly baked challah, paint nights,  and reunions neglect to acknowledge that these Kodak moments are only a fragment of our stories. We leave out the heartbreak, the failures, the disappointments, and post only our…

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Learning That I Deserve Love and Finding My Voice

TI always feared deep down that I would never be truly loved, just as I am. That fear comes along with a deep desire for an unconditional, encompassing love. To me, that means there was always this empty place that was never filled. When I was 26, I was living in Berkeley, California, I had…

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The Drumbeats of Fear

You’ve seen the video of the bride in Bnei Brak drumming at her wedding. You’ve heard that the Badatz went ballistic after the video spread, and they demanded to know why the electricity had not been shut off in the hall the minute she stepped up to the drums. They decried the wedding band who…

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The Challenge of “One Size Fits All” in Dating

The importance of creating a good Jewish home has been drilled into most members of the Orthodox Jewish community from birth. While this emphasis is commendable, some have taken this notion, and in my opinion, extended it too far. Not only do we “have to create a good Jewish home,” which is laudable, but many of…

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Layers Platform Feedback: Top Ten Things A Shadchan Should Know

Many people in our Jewish communities date and find their spouses through the mechanism of “Shidduch Dating.” What that means, is that either a professional matchmaker or a thoughtful friend, family member or acquaintance connects two young single people who they think might be a good match. Matching up singles can be a super difficult…

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Dating: Let Us Trust Ourselves

I was on my way home from work last week when my friend Ayala called. “I need to vent. I went on a date last night.” Before she could continue, I already knew I’d be able to commiserate. While it’s a necessary path to finding one’s life partner, being in the “parsha” is no fun.…

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