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Archive for January 2011

I have the Best Job-Ever.

Posted by: erika on: January 31, 2011

The title may not suggest that this post is very Black, Gay, or Jewish-but it is, wait for it. I’m a writer and ideally I’ll make my living doing that.  The thought of waking up, making coffee, and sitting in front of my computer for pay sounds like heaven to me.  I dream of “Black, Gay, […]

“I’m Not a Fair-Weather Jew”

Posted by: erika on: January 28, 2011

That line was uttered by fictional Jewish convert Charlotte York-Goldenblat on the HBO series Sex and the City. When Charlotte lost her lid and blew up at her lovable, bald Jewish boyfriend, Harry she put their relationship on a brief hiatus.  She was lamenting her lost love to her girlfriends at the coffee shop (naturally) and they assumed […]

Shabbat Challenge

Posted by: erika on: January 23, 2011

I’m two classes into my second trimester of my conversion classes.  We’re spending this term going through the Jewish Holiday cycle, starting with Shabbat.  I’ve read so many books on Shabbat and just finished up Entering Jewish Prayer by Hammer and still feel a little lost, but inspired by Shabbat.  One of you lovely readers mentioned […]

Honoring Dr. King with Y-Love

Posted by: erika on: January 18, 2011

Y-Love is one of my favorite Jewish performers.  Here he is reciting Dr. Martin Luther King’s sermon opposing the Vietmam War in 1967.  Like many of Dr. King’s Speeches, the words still ring true today just as they did then. Happy Tuesday. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlDFPoMk4_s&feature=player_embedded#!]

MLK Day

Posted by: erika on: January 17, 2011

Below is the entire “I Have a Dream Speech” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. copied from MLK.net.  I’m not sure how it happened but it occurred to me today, while listening to it with Mirs, that I’d never heard the speech in its entirety.  Listening to it today the words of this great leader of […]

“Jews are a lot like Black Folks”

Posted by: erika on: January 15, 2011

That’s what my mom said after we got back from shul last night.  I took her to CBE, not my shul but the shul I go to hear Noah sing every month.  Like always, the singing was amazing and because of CBE’s Human Rights Shabbat the chapel spilled out into the lobby of the synagogue.  […]

Noah Aronson performing at CBE this Friday

Posted by: erika on: January 13, 2011

You all know how much I love Noah Aronson and his band, right?  This Friday CBE is holding a special Human Rights Shabbat in honor of Martin Luther King day and Noah and his band will be leading the service.  I’m not very tech-savy but the link to the PDF is below.  I’m trying to get […]

What has the world come to?

Posted by: erika on: January 10, 2011

  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq38Nnf4pOw] Like many Americans, Jews and non-Jews alike, I’m still reeling from last week’s Tuscon gunfire, murder, and attempted murder on Congresswoman Gifford.  I try to think back to election night when I sat in a bar with hundreds of strangers who actually took the time to look one another in the eyes.  Strangers hugged […]

Ohio Love in the Big Apple

Posted by: erika on: January 9, 2011

It goes without saying that Erika Davis needs a vacation.  I decided that I would need one way before this current bought of depression set in.  There’s always, whether there is family drama or not, a lull at the end of the Holiday season.  Whether you’re a Jew or a Christian the time between November-January […]

Conversion Classes are Starting Again

Posted by: erika on: January 8, 2011

Next Wednesday the 12th will start the second trimester of conversion classes.  Saying that I’m excited isn’t sufficient verbage for how I’m feeling about it.  I’ve been feeling a little down lately, a little lost-truthfully, and definitely a lot depressed.  One of the great things about working in retail is that from October-December you’re sort […]


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