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We’re Making Aliyah

By Shira Lankin Sheps | April 18, 2018

I’ve been hesitant to say this out loud. I was afraid that this precious dream, so close that I can…

The Warriors, Mother and Son

By Michelle London | April 9, 2018

I take a right turn out of the elevator and walk toward the wall of windows facing the street. It’s…

Finding Spirituality in the Details

By Hani Lowenstein | March 29, 2018

“What’s the best way to utilize my free time?” That’s the question I asked one of my rabbis at the…

Learning From Caregiving

By Rona Novick | March 22, 2018

Some of us may be born with caregiving DNA or have it wired into our temperament. Caregiving is certainly shaped…

In My Story Of Parenting a Chronically Ill Child, I Choose To Be The Protagonist.

By Shoshana Chanales | March 20, 2018

Early in my teaching career before I had kids, I had a conference with a mother whose son was doing…

Pink Challah, Cancer and Self-Care

By Shira Lankin Sheps | March 6, 2018

February was an intense time on The Layers Project Magazine. When I began this issue, I knew that BRCA genetic…

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,…