The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women

When He Wouldn’t Say My Name

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 »

26, Jewish, Single Mother

August 2, 2018 | Jennifer Grinberg
Categories: Features

It can be a magical time of exploring. What happens when you’re a 26-year-old Jewish single mother? What happens to the magic? For the last six years, I have struggled in more ways than I thought possible. Before I went on my journey to find spirituality, I got married because I got pregnant. I overlooked Continue Reading »

Paula’s Story- The Behind the Scenes Journey to 93Queen

July 25, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Profiles

(1/6) ”I had to tell this story” “I found the story of the film 6 years ago. At the time, I was working on another project about my chasidic uncle and his life struggle with addiction and mental illness, called Following Boruch. After graduating NYU film school and working on other projects in the industry, Continue Reading »

Should We Still Mourn on Tishaa Ba’av? An Olah Chadasha Perspective.

July 21, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Features

As I prepare myself to listen to Eicha, I step out of my new home in the hills of Jerusalem and observe her. The barren, destitute city that I know is waiting for me within those pages is nowhere to be seen. Instead, I see a landscape full of twinkling lights, highways full of cars, Continue Reading »

It Could Happen to You: How I Became Addicted to Painkillers

July 15, 2018 | Rachel Cohen
Categories: Features

In my world, drugs were a shrouded secret, spoken about in hushed voices, whispered behind cupped hands as though the mere utterance of the word aloud was dangerous. As children, we were warned to ‘say nope to dope’, as teenagers, accosted with cautionary tales of those whose lives were ruined by one taste of the Continue Reading »

When G-d Says No: Coping with Miscarriage

July 11, 2018 | Emily Wind
Categories: Features

When we found out I was pregnant, we were overjoyed. We couldn’t wait to share the news. In line with my type-A, plan-ahead personality, I wrote out a schedule of exactly who we could tell and when over the next three months, starting with immediate family. Thankfully, we were about to visit them in the Continue Reading »

Say it Out Loud: Struggling with Childhood Speech Apraxia

July 9, 2018 | Golda Hutchison
Categories: Features

The first few moments of my life were nearly my last. While my mother was in labor, my heart rate dropped rapidly and the doctor had to perform an emergency c-section to save my life. He found the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around my neck, cutting off the flow of oxygen to my brain. To Continue Reading »

Learning and Growing From a Life Fully Lived

June 27, 2018 | Esther Snyder
Categories: Features

I will never forget the text that I received on January 12th, 2014: “I know that you can’t get texts while you’re away but I don’t know if you heard that Daniella passed away.” I had to read the message a few times in order to comprehend that Daniella, my friend and former roommate, a Continue Reading »

The Things They Tell You

June 25, 2018 | Gigi Bergman
Categories: Features

I wrote this piece in response to the onslaught of negative messages we get about our bodies every day. Each person gets them from different sources. “They” might be the media’s singular portrayal of beauty. “They” might be a shadchan. “They” might be ads for weight loss programs, gyms, or even food packaging.  “They” might Continue Reading »

A Parent That Leaves

June 19, 2018 | Holly Seidenfeld
Categories: Features, Uncategorized

I have only a few memories of my biological father. I remember playing a board game with him and once quietly using my dollhouse in his home office while he worked. The reason my memories are few is because the last time I saw him was when I was four.  On New Year’s Eve 1995, Continue Reading »

The Complicated Feelings of Saying Goodbye

June 18, 2018 | Shira Lankin Sheps
Categories: Features

Since our lift left a few weeks ago, we have very little furniture left in our apartment. A few beds and some borrowed folding chairs are scattered in various rooms. Consequently, now that my desk, couch, and dining room set are gone, the only place I have left to sit – is my bed. So lately, Continue Reading »

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