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Archive for August 2010

NYC to DC to NYC to VT

Posted by: erika on: August 26, 2010

Heading out of town for the weekend to witness the marriage two beautiful women.  Be back on Tuesday!!

Decisions, Decisions

Posted by: erika on: August 23, 2010

Last week I sat down with 2 rabbis from 2 different congregations and it’s probably safe to say that I have some decisions to make.  It’s been my initial thought that before completing the conversion process that I would shul shop to find the congregation that I felt the most at home in.  Not only […]

Questions from Fans-A Vlog

Posted by: erika on: August 19, 2010

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The Islamic Center, You, and Me

Posted by: erika on: August 19, 2010

I wrote a post on my main blog this morning that you should all check out. http://ohiolezgirlinnyc.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/the-islamic-center-you-and-me/

…and am the new owner of an Israeli shofar, coming from a a friend who’s currently in Israel.  I also received all 7 of the books I ordered on Amazon including my new favorite cookbook, “Aromas of Aleppo-The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews”  by Poopa Dweck.   All in all, a great day yesterday!  Let me rewind; […]

Behold the Powers of the Internet (again)

Posted by: erika on: August 16, 2010

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock.  I just discovered the online “newspaper” that is the Huffington Post.  I use quotations around newspaper because I’m an old fashioned girl, I like my newspaper in paper form.  It makes me a horrible environmentalist, I know, which is why I don’t buy them often.  Still, there’s something […]

Am I a Conservative Jew?

Posted by: erika on: August 15, 2010

M seems to think so so I did some more researching.  I’m not going to lie, there’s something a bit off-putting when I hear the word Conservative.  I know that the Conservative that main-stream society thinks of and Conservative Judaism are different but the word itself has definite negative connotations at times.  For instance, I started with […]

I Heart Y-Love

Posted by: erika on: August 14, 2010

Behold the powers of the Internet.  After temple today I came home, opened my bottle of Kosher wine, finished my raisin challah and started searching for more black Jews.  As far as I can see there aren’t any black temples to speak of in NYC.  As I mentioned in my Amare Stoudemire post, I don’t need my temple […]

Ramadan

Posted by: erika on: August 11, 2010

Today is the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.  Muslims every where spend from now until September 10th fasting from sun up to sundown.  In the evenings, they break their fasts with friends and family, reading the Quran and enjoying the spirituality and sense of awe  and reflection that the month-long fast brings.  […]

A Day of Fasting

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**Originally posted on 07.20.10 on my main blog** Thanks to a new reader I realized that today is Tisha B’av-”The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, a day of mourning and fasting recalling the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people.” from Living a Jewish […]


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