a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Archive for September 2010

The Joy of Torah

Posted by: erika on: September 29, 2010

Simchat Torah, or the Joy of the Torah, is the last Holiday in this time of year I’ve dubbed-Jewish Holiday Season.  The season that started with Rosh Hashanah concludes with Simchat Torah, when Jews celebrate the completion of another year’s reading of the Torah.  Every book that I’ve read about Simchat Torah describes a joyous occasion in which the […]

The New Girl in Shul

Posted by: erika on: September 27, 2010

Last Shabbat I attended services at a shul in Brooklyn.  It’s not terribly convenient but a lot easier than schlepping to the UES for service.  I’d noticed an e-mail from the group, Brooklyn Jews, inviting members of its list serve to attend Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Elohim to listen to a young Jewish Composer, Noah Aronson.  A […]

Jewish Holiday Season

Posted by: erika on: September 22, 2010

For an ex-Fashion Retailer, like me,  “Holiday Season” started about a month ago.  Towards the end of August retail managers start gearing up for Holiday.  It’s the bread and butter of most retail businesses in the United States and if you’re lucky enough to work retail in Manhattan it’s even more important.  If you’re even […]

Yom Kippur

Posted by: erika on: September 18, 2010

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=PopzXbvXmJ4&vq=small#t=65] Last night I went to a new synagogue for Kol Nidre services, alone.  Despite being in another large congregation of Jews so technically I wasn’t alone, I felt incredibly by myself.  A sweet, older lesbian couple sat down next to me and introduced themselves.  Did I look gay?  or was it that I was […]

Love the stranger-Black Jewish Relations

Posted by: erika on: September 14, 2010

I’m going to try to not jump to conclusions and give a certain website the benefit of the doubt before I delete them from my list serve and name names.  I’m a little angry, if I’m being frank I’m down right pissed.  I was browsing one of the regular Jewish websites I frequent late last week […]

Vlog-Asking for Forgiveness

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=H3Q08PEzUFs&vq=small#t=18

I’m “Kosher”…now what?

Posted by: erika on: September 12, 2010

I’m kind of a foodie.  I love to cook, I love to eat, I love to try new restaurants, I love trying to recipes and it occurred to me last night that even though NYC may as well be called Little Israel in certain neighborhoods, being Erika-Style Kosher and eating out is going to be […]

Remembering 9/11

Posted by: erika on: September 11, 2010

9 years ago today many Americans lost their lives.  Those Americans were Black, White, Asian, Latino…Those Americans were gay, straight, trans, bisexual…Those Americans were Muslims, Jews, Christians,  Athiests…Those Americans were women, men, children…They were mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, fathers brothers, sons, uncles…They were grand parents.  Most importantly I’m remembering that they were people with families they […]

Shana Tovah!

Posted by: erika on: September 8, 2010

Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashanah, or Rosh Hashanah Eve and it is the start of a lot of things for me.  First and foremost, it’s the beginning of my year of observing kashrut, or Kosher dietary laws.  My style of kosher will definitely not be “kosher” in that there are many things that I cannot functionally […]


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