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Archive for March 2011

Well, that’s not Jewish.

Posted by: erika on: March 30, 2011

I love when Jews say that to me.  To be fair, the life as a Jew of Color has been pretty amazing lately.  Random people have noticed my necklace and wished me Good Shabbos on Shabbat.  I talked to a woman the other day at work about how she was using a dish intended for […]

The Mezuzah Question

Posted by: erika on: March 29, 2011

Tradition says that within 20 days of moving into a new home a Mezuzah must be put up.  The mitzvah is found in Deuteronomy and has something to do with the same prayer as wrapping Tefillin and putting on a Tallit.  Oh yes, that famous prayer, the Shema. Mezuzah are to be placed not only at […]

Just Jew it, Ya’ll!

Posted by: erika on: March 28, 2011

Yes, that’s me wearing a shirt with a Hasid playing basketball a la Michael Jordan.  I figured what was more black than basketball and what’s more Jewish than a Hasid?  That’s why I bought the shirt and wore it, as a black Jew. I lied. I stole the shirt from Mirs and well, I’m just […]

So Excited for Shabbat!

Posted by: erika on: March 25, 2011

I’m always excited for Shabbat.  Even if I don’t go to shul, I like knowing that I’m celebrating something that’s been celebrated by Jews for centuries.  Something about even taking the time to pause and reflect on the fact that the sun has gone down and that I’m entering a sacred space and time brings […]

Pesach, what else?

Posted by: erika on: March 23, 2011

At Whole Foods yesterday I saw my first box of Matzoh that was labeled, “Kosher for Passover” and had this wicked idea to make my own matzoh.  I mean, I have this new large kitchen with ample counter top space.  Why not?  It can’t be that hard, just meticulous.  For example, when mixing the flour […]

Shehecheyanu

Posted by: erika on: March 21, 2011

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הַעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה This Blessing starts off like all Jewish blessings, Blessed are you…The last verse, though, speaks specifically to where I am right now.  “…who has enabled us to reach this occasion”.  The Shehecheyanu is said on happy occasions, on Holidays and when generally good things […]

Purim Time!

Posted by: erika on: March 18, 2011

  We’re back into Jewish Holiday Season!  The month of Adar (and Adar II) are filled with fun and exciting holidays one being PURIM!  Which starts tomorrow tonight at sundown. Just in case you don’t know what Purim is, I’ll give you a very brief rundown of the holiday. There’s this kinda silly king and […]

Jewish Stuff

Posted by: erika on: March 16, 2011

There are a lot of ritual objects in Judaism.  One of the things that I was drawn to was the focus on the home, spirituality of the home, and making the home a sacred place.  When you’re pagan there are a lot of ritual objects and rituals that happen in the home as well.  I […]

Welcome!

Posted by: erika on: March 12, 2011

It’s so interesting blogging here because it looks the same in so many ways and in so many ways it’s very different.  Wednesday night was my last night of conversion class until April.  Rabbi S. lead our conversion students chat before hand and asked us, very generally, what was going on in our lives and […]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted by: erika on: March 8, 2011

What, you didn’t know it was International Women’s Day.  You probably did, only because Google said so but it’s been 100 years that the day existed.  I wrote an article on Hollaback!.  Take a moment to check it out and then let’s get back to talking about being Jews. Yesterday at work I met two […]


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