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Pesach Panic

Posted by: erika on: February 26, 2011

Just in case you’re counting there are 51 days until Passover.  Yup, 51 days to get all of your Pesach preparations complete.  A while back one of my readers, Dena, told me that she was already getting stressed about Pesach preparations.  I sort of shrugged her off with the booze and festivities of Purim in […]

God Makes No Mistakes

Posted by: erika on: February 22, 2011

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG0wi1m-89o&feature=player_embedded#at=46] On Yom Kippur Mirs and I, accompanied by some friends, attended service with hundreds of LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly Jews at the Javits center.  Being my first Yom Kippur there were a lot of emotions swirling about my head; hunger, confusion, awe…  Mostly I was delighted to see so many queer Jews seriously praying and repenting before Hashem.  It’s a […]

What if God Shuffled by…

Posted by: erika on: February 17, 2011

I am a self-confessed Dave Matthews Band lover.  I fell in love with DMB around 1997 when the first few chords of “Satellite” blared over the surround-sound speakers in Lisa Ferguson’s Chevy Tahoe.  Since then I can honestly say that they are the only band that I continually turn to at any moment of my […]

To Pray Like a Jew

Posted by: erika on: February 13, 2011

“Bless us, oh Lord, for these, thy gifts, which we are about to receive through thy bounty through Christ, our lord, Amen” “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, mother of god, pray for us sinners.  […]

The news rooms, newspapers, websites, and internet were buzzing this afternoon when news of former President Mubarak finally stepping down after 18 days of protests that have been ripping Egypt apart.  I’ve been following the story, loosely meaning that while at the gym I’d watch CNN and I’d read the Times (from my new Nookcolor) […]

Hanukkah, and other things I learned in Conversion Class

Posted by: erika on: February 9, 2011

Tonight’s conversion class was about Chanukah.  I gotta be real, I was sort of thinking about skipping tonight because I felt like I knew almost everything there was to know about Hanukkah, including different ways of spelling it.  Last trimester, our last class was on the first night of Hanukkah and we lit the Hanukkah […]

Evening Reading

Posted by: erika on: February 8, 2011

To be discussed further tomorrow but until then…The Forward posted a great article about an LGBT Shabbaton held in Virginia this past January.  The article itself was inspirational and made me think of the movie Trembling Before G-d.  The comments afterwards upset and disappointed.  I’m too tired to go on about Torah and whether or not it is […]

Groupon’s Terrible Superbowl Ad

Posted by: erika on: February 7, 2011

I thought about not writing about this but decided it best to let those of you who’ve been living under a rock check it out for yourselves. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkFT2yjk0A&feature=player_embedded] I sent Groupon an e-mail last night when Mirs and I got home from our friend’s super bowl party and within the hour got the following response: […]

Super Bowl Sunday…

Posted by: erika on: February 6, 2011

Means absolutely nothing to me.  I’m not one of those lesbians that are super-sporty.  I play basketball every once in a while, I run, and I ride my bike.  I don’t understand football, if I’m being honest.  Mirs, a Texan from Dallas, was born with football in her blood.  I think it has something to […]

A little Gripe about Hair

Posted by: erika on: February 5, 2011

I know, I know!  More hair posts but I can’t help it!  I love talking about hair, black hair in particular because I think that it’s an important issue, for me at least.  A little video to get you started. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J76Y9WNckts&feature=player_embedded] Chris Rock made a bit of a stink in the black community with his in-your-face tell […]

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