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Archive for July 2011

Writer’s Block …

Posted by: erika on: July 31, 2011

I cannot think of a more inopportune time to have writer’s block.  There are 17 days until my conversion and I need to write a personal statement.  Unlike pouring over mikvah accounts, I have decided not to read other blogger’s personal statements for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, we come to this place […]

It’s really happening.  In 19 18days I will join the covenant of the Jewish people.  Let me just say it-it’s a bit scary but, at least I’m not a man ;)  All joking aside, it’s becoming so real and I’m having all sorts of panic and anxiety.  Not about my fate of Becoming Jewish, but of what happens […]

How to Make a Jew

Posted by: erika on: July 27, 2011

Dear Reader, this is a combination of satire, introspection, humor, and a small smidge of actual fact. Ingredients Rabbi (1-2 to start and at least 3 at the end of recipe) Bookshelf Books (see Bookshelf) Mezzuzah (for as many rooms in your home/apartment) Really good Matzoh Ball Soup Recipe Cook Books Seltzer Religious Garb Synagogue […]

When People Use Torah as a Weapon

Posted by: erika on: July 26, 2011

Leviticus is one of my least favorite chapters of Torah.  It’s long, it’s detailed, it’s barbaric, it’s where most bigoted people of “faith” find reasoning to hate LGBTQ people.  A lot of Jewish law is found in Leviticus; kosher laws, Temple laws, law and order.  It can all be found in Leviticus.       […]

Shul Review

Posted by: erika on: July 25, 2011

I’ve mentioned in several posts that I think that all people should visit a Baptist church at least once in their lives.  There are churches in Harlem that are on guided tours of NYC.  Tourists can attend these churches and get an experience of what going to church in NYC is like.  I’m not sure how […]

Black and Jewish

Posted by: erika on: July 24, 2011

On Friday night I posted a little Shabbat treat for ya’ll.  The hilarious Black and Jewish parody that’s been floating around the internet from the website Funny or Die.  It’s been getting a very mixed review.  There are a few feeds on Facebook and other sites where people are giving this parody a lot of […]

A little humor for your Shabbos

Posted by: erika on: July 22, 2011

Be’chol Lashon tweeted this video yesterday evening.  I’ve watched it numerous times and forwarded it to numerous people.  If you’ve already seen Black and Jewish my apologies for sending it again!  Enjoy Shabbat Shalom  

27 Days

Posted by: erika on: July 21, 2011

In 27 days I will join the Jewish people. I will put my name with theirs and my entire life will change forever.  To a born Jew perhaps it sounds a bit over dramatic.  To a non-Jew it may sound over the top.  To a Jew by Choice it may going a little to far. To […]

I’m Registered at…

Posted by: erika on: July 20, 2011

Judaica.com, Echlers, West Side Judaica, and Jewstuff.org. J/K.  I’m not registering for a party I haven’t started planning yet.  I actually cannot even think about planning a party although there will be one.  The thing I am most focused on is the fact that on August 17th I will officially join the Jewish people!  I […]

My Favorite Psalm

Posted by: erika on: July 20, 2011

Noam Katz has a wonderful version of Psalm 150.  It’s not traditional, perhaps a little funky and jazzy with Latin influences in the electric guitar licks. Whenever it plays on my iPod I open my pocket Tanakh, flip to Psalm 150 and read (the Hebrew) while he sings each verse and read the English during the refrain.  […]


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