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Looking Toward the Heavens

By Shira Lankin Sheps | August 7, 2022

Last night was surreal. I sat with some of my sisters, my mother, and my daughter in the darkness listening…

All The Things I Can & Cannot Remember

By Sarah Raanan | July 5, 2022

This Story Contains: Pregnancy Loss, Pregnancy Termination, Grief This essay was written and workshopped in The Layers Writing & Publishing…

Forever On A Blurry Road: Memories of A Past Relationship

By Anonymous | May 12, 2022

He drove a red Jeep Cherokee Laredo. It’s a noticeable car, and for years, I noticed them everywhere. I would…

The Night I Was Redeemed

By Yael Saffra | April 14, 2022

It was the night of the Exodus.  There we were in our homes; waiting, terrified, and exhilarated.  As per Moses’s…

Remembering My Baby

By Perel Hecht | April 12, 2022

“My baby died.” I bite my lip. This isn’t the place, I remind myself. This is a stranger. This is…

Giving Myself Permission to Grieve My Mother

By Anonymous | April 4, 2022

I clearly remember the morning in school when I announced, “my mommy passed away and she’s in shamayim.” The room…

Memory: The Present, the Elusive, the Good, and the Bad

By Rona Novick | March 28, 2022

Facebook reminds me of a photo from 7 years ago, the moment I became a grandmother. My mother reminds me…

Reckoning With Reality; Standing Up For Our Future

By Rachel Sharansky Danziger | February 28, 2022

My sister and I were born in the wake of a historic triumph. My father, Natan Sharansky, was arrested by…

The Role of Ring Holder At The Chuppah

By Anonymous | February 7, 2022

“How are you holding up?” – This is the recurrent text I’ve learned to expect in the days following a…

Mila’s Story: They Can Never Erase Them

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 27, 2022

In Honor of International Holocaust Day: Mila’s Story: Mila grew up in southern Poland, in a town called Chrzanow. Her…

My Story of Sexual Abuse

By Rachel Cohen | January 26, 2022

It’s time to tell my story of sexual abuse.  I’ll be honest, I’m absolutely terrified right now. Scared out of…

Learning to Rest

By Shira Lankin Sheps | December 22, 2021

I never let myself rest.  At some point when I was sick with chronic illness, all I could do was…