Spirituality

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…

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.…

“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…

Layered Listening

By Naomi Marmon Grumet | May 15, 2019

Some people are born storytellers. I was born a listener.  My ears are my source of power; hearing the pain…

Poway

By Rebecca Leicht | May 5, 2019

For Lori Gilbert Kaye z”l This is the way it feels. The tip of my finger is pinched by the…

Rona’s Story: Women in The Workplace

By Shira Lankin Sheps | April 1, 2019

(1/7) “You Can Do This” “Unlike my parents, I did not dream of becoming a classroom teacher. I knew I…

Filtering Reality: Instagram and the Megillah

By Shira Lankin Sheps | March 17, 2019

“I think often about the millions of Instagram accounts where their entire personal brand revolves around snapshots of pretty moments.…

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…

The Drumbeats of Fear

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 28, 2019

You’ve seen the video of the bride in Bnei Brak drumming at her wedding. You’ve heard that the Badatz went…