Illness

Shira’s Story: Behind the Scenes of the New Layers Book

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 1, 2021

(1/6) Some of you may already know parts of my story.  This next part I’ve been keeping to myself for…

Persistence, Perseverance, & Triumph

By Lori Prashker-Thomas | January 17, 2021

May 2, 2020, I felt really sick. I went to my local emergency room and I was screened for COVID…

In the Eye of the Storm

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 10, 2021

My father is in the hospital sick with COVID.  It has been many months since words like “coronavirus” “quarantine” and…

The Gifts of Hands and Hope

By Mandy Broder | December 13, 2020

From a very early age, I loved anything that involved art. My father is very artistic and I would watch…

Surviving & Thriving After Emergency Hysterectomy

By Anonymous | December 8, 2020

It has been four years since I was wheeled into the operating room not knowing whether I was to come…

Stopping to Surrender

By Anonymous | November 15, 2020

It’s so hard for me to be far away from him, not to be able to hold him through this,…

How Far I’ve Come

By Jessica Koenigsberg | October 27, 2020

Twenty years ago today, I was in Israel in seminary for about twelve days when right before Rosh Hashana, my…

Living and Breathing in the After

By Rachel Hercman | October 20, 2020

We tend to remember exactly where we were when we hear news that forever changes our lives. I’ll never forget…

Shomea V’Oneh

By Nisa Harris | June 24, 2020

When my father was diagnosed with cancer this year, despite the fact that I was someone you would rarely find…

The Waiting Game Called Infertility

By Tamar Ben Tzvi | June 16, 2020

After twenty months of waiting to conceive our child, we have not even begun medical treatment yet.  For many, this…

What I Understand Now

By Rayla Rappaport | April 13, 2020

Dear Abba, This past Shabbat marked 4 years since you left this world. I remember that day so well. Sometimes…

Mini-Layers Profile: #coronastories #pesach #LauraBenDavid

By Laura Ben-David | April 7, 2020

(1/2) “We were really lucky. My son had returned from a trip abroad with buddies and they were able to…