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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Coming Back to the Mikveh

When my husband and I felt our family was complete, I chose a birth control that would accommodate that decision. I had the Mirena IUD placed and was thrilled when, as I knew might happen, my periods ceased. An added bonus! As a religious woman, this new phenomenon not only meant no more monthly cycle,…

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Mikvah: The Unification of Opposites

It took me a long time to see how Torah and science are one and the same. As a young adult, I felt that I was composed of opposing ideas. That G-d had, perhaps, gifted me with attributes that just didn’t play well together. I was taught that some people were right brained (creative/spiritual) and…

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Making it to the Mikveh– With Breast Cancer

Published on The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Eden Center. A few months after giving birth to my fifth child, I had a conversation with a cousin whose mother had passed away from cancer. She asked me if I did a yearly checkup. I was only 38 years old at the time, and…

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When the Kallah Teacher Doesn’t Want to Go to the Mikveh

This essay was published in on The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Eden Center. Listen, it wasn’t all about my mikveh night, but it didn’t help that I had to go to the mikveh just then. I quarreled with my husband, I crumbled under the stress of competing life demands, and I left…

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Monologue in the Mikva

This essay is published on The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Eden Center. The image was taken during a performance of Mikva The Musical. There I am — preparing for my presentation on disabilities at the mikva to 200 attendants that are being trained at a conference run by The Eden Center.  My…

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Waters of Separation: For My Daughter at the Mikvah

Reprinted with permission from The Eden Center blog Three days before her wedding in May 2013, my daughter and I had a list of twelve tasks which we needed to accomplish, including facials for both of us, the final fitting of her wedding dress, and buying her new outfits for the Shabbat of Sheva Brachot.  The…

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“Born From Loss: Birkat Emunah”

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Eden Center. “That lady at the mikvah…She caught my eye and I just stood there staring.   The person staring back at me looked so familiar and yet I couldn’t place her. The mikvah is a funny place.  On the one hand…

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Layered Listening

Some people are born storytellers. I was born a listener.  My ears are my source of power; hearing the pain and frustrations of others awakens my desire to set things right and propels me to action. Listening was what drew me to become a sociologist, and I learned that listening is an art. Listening is…

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Our Aliyah Journey

It’s been nine and a half months since we boarded the plane for the Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight. The goodbyes were awful, the plane ride itself was pretty uneventful (Baruch Hashem), but our lives changed forever when we stepped off the plane. We stepped into a crowd of mostly strangers, who were enthusiastically welcoming us…

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Dear Avichai David

Dear Avichai David, I made Aliyah a year ago after a lifetime of dreaming. I did it for so many reasons, but the main one…was you. Before we ever met, I already had huge hopes for your future. Somehow, I got lucky enough to be born in a generation in which it’s more possible than…

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My Family Living Under Rockets

This week was a crazy week here in the South of Israel. I’m sure you read all about it; how we got hit by enormous amounts of rockets, and how four people were killed. I’m a young wife and mother living in Southern Israel.   I live close to the Iron Dome operative, so on…

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