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jumping in the deep end

Posted by: erika on: May 31, 2011

Tomorrow is my last conversion class and I’m in a constant state of excitement and nervousness.  Since October Wednesday night has been my anchor, my safety net, my Jewish safe-space, my haven, my rock.  For two hours each Wednesday night for the past several months I’ve sat in the same chair around the same table […]

I <3 Shabbat

Posted by: erika on: May 29, 2011

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space.  Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to the holiness in time.” I looked forward to Friday every day last week.  I had the day off, I had a […]

Never, ever read the comments…

Posted by: erika on: May 25, 2011

I always have to remind myself that.  Lucky for me, I screen comments that come along and all of you frequent commenters are amazing.  I still get a little pit in my stomach when I see a new comment alert on my Blackberry until I recognize the name and the pit fades away. Yesterday the Conservative […]

Wait…You’re not a Jew yet?!

Posted by: erika on: May 23, 2011

“Nope, not a Jew yet.” “Well, how long does it take?” “It depends, really, usually at least a year.” “So, how do they make you a Jew?” Only a few days after pouring through Chicago Carless’ blog I found myself in that converation at work yesterday.  Two months ago my sister asked the same thing, “You’re […]

Harvey Milk Day

Posted by: erika on: May 22, 2011

I have something to admit.   Before the Harvey Milk movie I didn’t know who Harvey Milk was.  In the talk I gave for Be’chol Lashon I said that being gay is a “white man’s disease.”  Before you go writing comments that won’t get approved, hear me out.  In the black community that I grew up with there were […]

Hebrew Tutor-FOUND!

Posted by: erika on: May 19, 2011

I don’t have a date for my conversion, though I’ve been reading about my blogger buddy Mike Doyle’s conversion on his blog for days.  If you are in the process of converting, thinking about converting, or just snooping around because you maybe kinda perhaps want to convert READ HIS POST.  Feel free to click around […]

I’m here, I swear.

Posted by: erika on: May 19, 2011

Just a little busy.  Okay, I lied.  I’m having WICKED writer’s block.  More accurately, though just an inability to stop whining about what I don’t have (my memoir finished, a good pitch, etc.) and focus on all of the really great stuff happening in my life. Monday Mirs and I traveled to the mystical borough […]

“You’re the Whitest Black Person I Know!”

Posted by: erika on: May 15, 2011

**Warning-Swearing, ranting, and general anger will follow.  Read at your own risk** What the Fuck does that mean? I have no clue, but I’ve heard it for MY ENTIRE FUCKING LIFE and I’m completely over it.  Today, I heard it from one of my subordinates, who happens to be a gay Latino man. Let me […]

Exciting Things Happening in NYC

Posted by: erika on: May 14, 2011

I hope everyone is having a good Shabbat.  I am not quite at 100% Shabbat observance, hence writing on my blog.  My goal is that at the one year mark of my Jewish Journey, the High Holy Days-I will have full Shabbat observance.  It’s a difficult goal to achieve for pure logistical reasons, I work […]

Schmekel-The Interview

Posted by: erika on: May 10, 2011

I’ve been hinting at it for weeks and finally it’s done.  A few weeks ago I sat down for pierogies and beers with 3 of the 4 members of Schmekel, a Trans Jewish band out of Brooklyn, NY.  Ricky, Nogga, and Simcha met my partner and I in the East Village to talk about being […]


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