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Layers Of Meaning  Daily musings inspired by womanhood, big feelings, and living in Israel. Writing and photographs by @shiralankinsheps from @thelayersproject.

“I’ve been waiting 2,000 years for a moment like this.” #liveloveisrael #aliyah #Israel #Jerusalem @nefeshbnefesh

Tu B’Shvat and all of a sudden we get a hint of #spring #tubshvat #jerusalem #photography #landscape #israel

“The air is fresher
She’s lost her bite
The sun spotlighting
All that’s been growing green beneath
Hinting at rebirth
We are ready for it. “ #tubshvat #green #trees #rebirth #israel

After candle-lighting walk through the #rova, the Old City of Jerusalem. In Israel, many families light their chanukiot outside, to fulfill the mitzvah of “pirsumei nisa” the publicizing of the miracle of Channukah. #jerusalem #makingahomeintheholycity #shepsaliyah2018 #firstchannukah #secondnight

Ancient spaces still burn bright,
Orbs of faith glowing warm.
Every window emitting joyful song,
Unison in their faith in the dark. #channukah #menorah #candles #blessings #jewishpoetry

One of the amazing things about Jerusalem in "the Fall" is that it doesn't look that different from Jerusalem year round. It's a bit cooler at a lovely 65 degrees (sorry to my loved ones in the states who are freezing...) Yesterday I found a tree with foliage. Real fall colors of Auburn and orange and yellow- crispy and brittle to the touch. I was overjoyed (I need my foliage). Then when I got home (which was just 100 feet from the tree) I saw a bush that had been green all summer long, in full bloom. Gorgeous purple flowers opened up all over the plant, as the recent rains had finally given it enough hydration to shine.
Just goes to show, that we truly do not understand the cycle of life. The rhyme and rhythm of nature. Everything has it's right time, even if it makes no sense to us.
Who can understand why some things die, and some things bloom?

“Who can understand why some things die,
And some things bloom?
Brittle and broken.
Blossoming and gossamer.
Roots dug in the same.
Beauty in both.” #layersofmeaning #fall #poetry #poetrycommunity

Stay dreamy, Jerusalem. Even in all the madness. #layersofmeaning #jerusalem #sunset #dreamy

There is nothing as satisfying,
As a day well spent.
So gratifying is the sweetening of the sky,
The kisses of the sunset-
When you know you’ve earned them. #layersofmeaning #sunsets #kisses

When the rains come to Jerusalem. #jerusalem #geshem #rains #blessing #israel

“We always talk of beginnings and endings
But we rarely pay attention to the middles.
The midst is where memories are made-
from what reminiscences subsist.
Don’t forget to live life in the middle of the road-
Lest you forget what lay betwitx.” -@shiralsheps #layers #layersofmeaning #jewishpoetry #poetsofinstagram #poetry #inbetween #middles #memories #musings #rainydaymusings

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