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The Pain of My Last Trip to the Mikvah

By Noa Choritz | February 25, 2018

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine in collaboration with The Eden Center, in Israel. “As a carrier…

I Stumbled Upon my BRCA+ Results, And It Saved My Life.

By Lara Diamond | February 22, 2018

Back in 2013, I took a direct-to-consumer DNA test, with the intention of connecting to relatives.  At the time, the…

Sisters: Sharing Loss, BRCA Fears, and the Future

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 21, 2018

LPM: Tell us about your mom. Adina: My mom was a beacon of beauty both inside and out. She had…

My Mother Died From Breast Cancer, But I Refuse To Live In Fear

By Rachel Kravetz | February 18, 2018

Cancer is a scary word. Everyone knows of someone who has died of cancer. Cancer conjures up terrifying images of…

From IVF Coordinator to Patient: Experiencing My Husband’s BRCA Diagnosis

By Maya Tsarfati Shapiro | February 12, 2018

When I graduated Yeshiva University in 2015, I anticipated my first job out of college would be pretty straightforward: first…

Re-Learning How To Make Shabbat

By Eliana Sohn | January 31, 2018

For the first half of my life, Shabbat was made for me. I was born shomer Shabbat, or Sabbath observant,…

When I Ended My Marriage, I Chose My New Beginning

By Chana Shestack | January 25, 2018

Like many of my friends, I went to seminary after I graduated high school. I finally felt like I found…

Taking a Leap of Faith: Our Move to Atlanta

By Gila Daman | January 16, 2018

Last summer, I left my secure job, my family and my friends to move to Atlanta with my husband. I…

When I Dunked In the Mikvah, My Soul Came Home

By Andrea Grinberg | January 8, 2018

I remember when everything changed. For a year, I had been engaged in a deep exploration of observant Judaism, making…

Thou Shalt Not Objectify and Censor Women In Jewish Media Spaces

By Shira Lankin Sheps | December 31, 2017

The Layers Project Magazine responds to this disturbing trend, and explains why the statement put out by our rabbinic leadership…

How To: Leave Work Early For Shabbat, Without Jeopardizing Your Job

By Shira Hanau | December 28, 2017

Friday afternoons in the winter can feel like the last mile of a marathon — making sure the chulent has…

Lighting Up The Home From Within

By Rochel Lazar | December 16, 2017

The month before Chanukah, I start scouring the internet and stores for amazing deals on gifts that I think my…