The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women

Battle for A Better Life

Battle for A Better Life

October 18, 2018 | Michaela Abenson
Categories: Features

As a young girl, I was ill for many years before being diagnosed. Like most people, I had never heard of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain. Adenomyosis is a condition characterized by the abnormal presence of endometrial tissue (the Continue Reading »

Young and Hurting: Trusting My Own Gut

October 17, 2018 | Batsheva Shachnovitz
Categories: Features

Three years ago on Pesach I felt this terrible pain. A throbbing in my lower stomach and back area. The pain was so bad I couldn’t sleep. We alerted an EMT who lives next door, and they thought perhaps it was appendicitis. An ambulance was called to take me to the hospital and after many Continue Reading »

Endometriosis: Not What The Doctor Ordered

October 15, 2018 | Dina Devora Jacob
Categories: Features

Being on the tail end of nine kids, I was often the person to move in with older siblings to help them out with their new babies and adjust to their new way of life. I would hear the horror stories of how women were treated in birth, the way that some doctors spoke down Continue Reading »

Confessions of a Cancer Warrior

October 14, 2018 | Harriet Hessdorf
Categories: Features

Over the past few years, a few friends have asked  me, “I know you don’t like to talk about it, but how are you feeling?” My initial reaction is, really? How do they know that I don’t want to talk about my cancer? I never told anyone that I didn’t want to be asked how Continue Reading »

Sukkot: Leaning into Vulnerability

September 30, 2018 | Ariella Azaraf, LCSW
Categories: Emotional Wellness

Have you ever thought about how each season has a psychological component? During the cold winter nights where you don’t want to leave your apartment, the strong desire to stay inside, snuggled under your blanket, naturally makes your headspace fill with thoughts. The long days and early dark nights make it difficult to get up Continue Reading »

Al Chet

September 18, 2018 | Merri Ukraincik
Categories: Features

My G-d, the G-d of Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah, May all my cries of al chet reach you through my tears –   For the sins I have sinned in my praying For the sins I have sinned when I could not pray at all For the sins I have sinned by shouting in Continue Reading »

Apologizing to Mrs. S

September 17, 2018 | Rachel Hercman, LCSW
Categories: Features

Until I got to college, I was a fairly lazy student and found most classes to be unstimulating. Looking back, I certainly had good teachers, but between the many school rules, academic pressure, and being forced to sit at a desk for hours, it just didn’t do it for me. I spent much of class Continue Reading »

Ilui Neshama: Elevation of the Soul

September 17, 2018 | Ariele Mortkowitz
Categories: Features

On Rosh Hashanah, I saw holiness in the sanctuary. It was a most beautiful moment in its rawness, its honesty, its sincerity. As we waited as a kehillah, a collective, to hear the final shofar blasts, we paused for the recitation of the Mourner’s Kaddish. The individual voices of those amongst us who had felt the Continue Reading »

Forgiving, For You.

September 13, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Features

We all know the feeling. The heart-pounding, reverberating through our whole bodies. Heads feeling swollen with anger. The full body ache of hurt. That feeling when someone close to us betrays us. When someone rebuffs our efforts of kindness. When someone plays “the victim.” When they twist our words and mangle our intentions. When they Continue Reading »

Rea’s Story: Medicating A Spiritual Condition

August 28, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

The photographs for this profile were taken by Mina Richler from Art of A Moment.   (1/6) “Fix This” “I always felt very lonely. I felt as if everyone else received this pamphlet that was called, ‘Instructions for Life’ and someone gave me their chewed up Bazooka wrapper instead. Everyone always seemed to ‘know what Continue Reading »

When He Wouldn’t Say My Name

August 12, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Features

Recently I went away for Shabbos. People close to us sponsored a kiddush in our honor, and it was to be hosted at shul. When I got to shul, it was already pretty late and davening was almost over. I slid into the back of the women’s section and opened a siddur, and began to Continue Reading »

Aliza’s Story: My Body, My Babies

August 7, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

(1/7) “Unpretty” “At the time, I felt very unpretty. I felt in order to be pretty, you had to be skinny. The thing was, I was very very skinny. I thought that being skinny would make me popular. For me, I felt like I just wanted to be accepted, I didn’t have a circle of Continue Reading »

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