Israel

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…

Shabbos Before the First Aliyah: A Mother’s Blessing to Her Children

By Judy Davidovics | July 25, 2019

Leaving and Returning, From the familiar and safe to the unknown. Though your presence here will be missed, You are…

Jerusalem, Forever

By Shira Lankin Sheps | June 2, 2019

I’ve waxed poetic about Jerusalem in almost every post I’ve written since I moved here, 11 months ago. The way…

Monologue in the Mikva

By MicheleThaler | May 26, 2019

This essay is published on The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Eden Center. The image was taken during…

“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…

Our Aliyah Journey

By Rebecca Kornbluth | May 10, 2019

It’s been nine and a half months since we boarded the plane for the Nefesh B’Nefesh charter flight. The goodbyes…

Dear Avichai David

By Michal Kupchik | May 9, 2019

Dear Avichai David, I made Aliyah a year ago after a lifetime of dreaming. I did it for so many…

My Family Living Under Rockets

By Hadassa Cowland Goldberg | May 8, 2019

This week was a crazy week here in the South of Israel. I’m sure you read all about it; how…

Learning That I Deserve Love and Finding My Voice

By Tziona Achishena | March 3, 2019

TI always feared deep down that I would never be truly loved, just as I am. That fear comes along…

Ahava Emunah’s Story: Living with Love and Faith

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 12, 2019

(1/7) “I Knew” “It was July 2012, and I had been feeling unwell. I was going back and forth to…

Michal’s Story: Lost and Found

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 29, 2019

(1/7) “In My Head” I was blessed throughout my entire life to lead a relatively normal life with no real…

Zissie’s Story: Never Lose Hope

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 8, 2019

(1/6) “A White World” “When I was 19 years old, I went to Vermont with a bunch of friends to…