The Layers Project Magazine

Insights Into The Lives of Jewish Women


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 »

On Flowing Love and Tears: A Window into Postpartum Depression

June 14, 2018 | Written By: Melody Coven
Categories: Features

Photographed By: Tzvi Feifel “You’re going to feel love like you’ve never felt it before.” That’s what they told me. In those exact words and other iterations of it, that’s the message I had been receiving about what love after childbirth would feel like since, well, maybe my own birth. Having a baby would bring Continue Reading »

I Have No Expiration Date

June 7, 2018 | Written and photographed by Nechama Leitner
Categories: Features

Yesterday someone told me to hurry up and get married before it is too late. Because as a woman I have an expiration date. At times I become too frozen with shock to have any ability at all to reply with a decent comeback. Even in situations when the person is saying something insane. There Continue Reading »

The Art of Mentoring

May 31, 2018 | Faigie Horowitz
Categories: Features

Midlifers can make great mentors. They have the long view but are active and involved in current developments at work, in the community and within a family. They have searched for meaning, found meaning, and find meaning. They introspect and spend plenty of time with themselves. They know their strengths and weaknesses and generally can Continue Reading »

The Collection of Jewish Moms

May 14, 2018 | Michelle London
Categories: Features

The dining room, Friday night at the Singles’ Shabbaton, buzzed with the potential of meeting one’s spouse. My friend Chaikie and I glanced around the room when a tall man with glasses walked by. I whispered to Chaikie, “He isn’t bad looking, but slightly above the age range, don’t you think?” She agreed. The man Continue Reading »