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The Legacy of The Bat Mitzvah

By Shira Lankin Sheps | November 18, 2019

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan. I have been thinking a lot…

When a Kid Believes in Miracles

By Shira Lankin Sheps | November 13, 2019

Last night I was cleaning up the kitchen after a draining day. My husband is traveling for work and I…

Breaking and Rebuilding

By Shira Lankin Sheps | October 27, 2019

Written by Shira Lankin Sheps & Rachel Hercman One year ago, on October 27, 2018, The Tree of Life synagogue…

Always With Me

By Aliza Stareshefsky Blumenthal | October 24, 2019

Last summer, The Layers Project did a profile on my story of Infant Loss.  When I think about the few…

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Torah Learning At Any Stage

By Shira Lankin Sheps | October 6, 2019

This essay is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan- The Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for…

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Rachelle’s Story: When A Nation Unites

By Shira Lankin Sheps | October 3, 2019

THIS PROFILE IS BROUGHT TO THE LAYERS PROJECT MAGAZINE THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH MATAN, IN HONOR OF THEIR 30TH-YEAR ANNIVERSARY DINNER CHOL…

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Chaya’s Story: Fighting Harder, Hope for the Future

By Shira Lankin Sheps | September 24, 2019

This profile is brought to The Layers Project Magazine through a partnership with Matan, in honor of their 30th-year anniversary…

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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…

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Faith Is All You Need

By Orah Lasko | July 30, 2019

I have three kids. My two oldest are girls; Sophie is 7 and Emily is 4. My husband and I…

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…

Coming Back to the Mikveh

By Daniella Hellerstein | May 31, 2019

When my husband and I felt our family was complete, I chose a birth control that would accommodate that decision.…

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