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I Was Wrong, About Tisha Ba’av

By Shira Lankin Sheps | August 11, 2019

I was wrong.  Last year on Tisha Ba’av, I was a brand new olah, living here in Jerusalem for no…

Mikvah: The Unification of Opposites

By Rivkah Bloom | May 30, 2019

It took me a long time to see how Torah and science are one and the same. As a young…

“Born From Loss: Birkat Emunah”

By Cheryl Burnat | May 19, 2019

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Eden Center. “That lady at the mikvah…She…

Layered Listening

By Naomi Marmon Grumet | May 15, 2019

Some people are born storytellers. I was born a listener.  My ears are my source of power; hearing the pain…

Poway

By Rebecca Leicht | May 5, 2019

For Lori Gilbert Kaye z”l This is the way it feels. The tip of my finger is pinched by the…

Rona’s Story: Women in The Workplace

By Shira Lankin Sheps | April 1, 2019

(1/7) “You Can Do This” “Unlike my parents, I did not dream of becoming a classroom teacher. I knew I…

Alone

By Rebecca Klempner | March 28, 2019

Fiction Mindy sits in the neurologist’s waiting room. To her right and left, patients—most with pinched brows and downturned lips—flip…

The Failings of Solely Focusing on Beauty

By Shira Lankin Sheps | March 20, 2019

As women, we know that we need to take care of ourselves. We should eat nutritious food, dress in a…

Filtering Reality: Instagram and the Megillah

By Shira Lankin Sheps | March 17, 2019

“I think often about the millions of Instagram accounts where their entire personal brand revolves around snapshots of pretty moments.…

The Drumbeats of Fear

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 28, 2019

You’ve seen the video of the bride in Bnei Brak drumming at her wedding. You’ve heard that the Badatz went…

The Challenge of “One Size Fits All” in Dating

By Micki Lavin-Pell | February 27, 2019

The importance of creating a good Jewish home has been drilled into most members of the Orthodox Jewish community from…

Layers Platform Feedback: Top Ten Things A Shadchan Should Know

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 26, 2019

Many people in our Jewish communities date and find their spouses through the mechanism of “Shidduch Dating.” What that means,…