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Meh Day

Posted by: erika on: April 14, 2011

I’m so glad that it’s Shabbat tomorrow.  I had a real craptastic day today filled with all sorts of family drama.  I wish I had it in me to post but I don’t. Shabbat Shalom and enjoy this video 😉

2 for 1 day

Posted by: erika on: April 14, 2011

I missed a post yesterday but don’t fret…You’ll get TWO posts for the price of one today. This first post is super brief and includes a link to an event happening in NYC on May 19th.  If you’re a New Yorker and a Jew you should be there. http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T-RC5JD05

Today marks the the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  The war that pitted brother against brother, American against American and resulted in the deaths of hundereds of thousands of US Citizens.  We all know how it ended and the battle for racial equality that still rages to this day.  While the […]

“…start panicking”

Posted by: erika on: April 11, 2011

Those words were gulped by Aladdin as he and Abu flew through the Cave of Wonders on the magic carpet.  I was assured last night after talking to my buddy Noah that Pesach Panic is a very natural, very Jewish thing.  Exactly One Week and it is officially Passover.  For 8 days I’ll be engrossed […]

Kitniyot vs. Chametz

Posted by: erika on: April 10, 2011

While doing a Google search for Chametz vs. Kitniyot I stumbled upon an amazing food blog by a Jewish convert who calls herself The Shiksa in the Kitchen.  And there went my post…or did it? We’re in deep Pesach planning mode.  I did my first round of cleaning this afternoon and have moved all of […]

The Tale of Two Shabbats

Posted by: erika on: April 9, 2011

A few hours ago observant Jews around the world concluded Shabbat with a havdalah service which marks the end of Shabbat.  I’ve never observed this prayer service but I’ve seen it done in the movie Trembling Before God.  There are candles and wine, of course, but also spices.  Blessings are said and the flame of […]


Posted by: erika on: April 8, 2011

I just spent the morning responding to several e-mails and wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for reading my blog!  It means a lot to me that so many of you both via e-mail and comments are enjoying reading about my journey and giving me insight along the way. Shabbat Shalom!

The Inner Workings of my Morning Brain

Posted by: erika on: April 7, 2011

I vowed to post every day in April and because of that, I give you this short post. Today in the shower the following dialogue played out in my head. Where am I going to seat everyone for Pesach? Who’s coming to Pesach?  Why haven’t people RSVPed!? Will I have enough food?  I should work […]

Mezuzah Verdict is In

Posted by: erika on: April 6, 2011

According to Rabbi K. I will need to have 4 mezuzah on my exterior doors and 3 mezuzah on my interior doors.  Minus the 2 I already have that is a total of 5 new mezuzah that I will be purchasing.  Can I get another Oy vey!  I had a sneaking suspicion that she’d tell […]

Two weeks, People!

Posted by: erika on: April 5, 2011

Today I started making a list of things that I needed to get done before Pesach and frankly, it’s making my head hurt.  When Mirs’ mom was in town they went to some of our favorite Judaica stores and Kosher grocers in Ditmas Park/Midwood.  Mirs picked up a pamphlet, “2011 Recommended Passover Product List for […]

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