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I am Nothing

Posted by: erika on: July 18, 2011

…and everything. I love when the world reminds us who we are.  As human beings we tend to allow ourselves to be defined by things.  Education, money, status, objects, possessions, people.  Very rarely are we reminded of how small we really are.  We are nothing.  Less than a dot on the map of human existence.  Millions have […]

Stand Up, Sit Down (bow, bow, bow)

Posted by: erika on: July 16, 2011

Oh the choreography of Jewish prayer.  So beautiful, so complex, so…difficult for me to get into. Is everyone looking at me because I’m bowing wrong? Is everyone looking at me because I’m not bowing? Why are we looking at the door? Is someone going to come into the door? Wouldn’t it be cool if the […]

Modeh Ani

Posted by: erika on: July 14, 2011

When I sat down with Noah Aronson to interview him for Jewcy we discussed his rendition of the prayer Modeh Ani.  We were talking about people who don’t believe in God, or how some people are surprised in his belief in God.  Noah counters the questions very Jewishly by asking another, “If you don’t believe […]

Beit Din-Yikes!

Posted by: erika on: July 11, 2011

The Beit Din, or rabbinical court, is one of those things that make the average person preparing for conversion a little nervous.  Too fat for the mikveh, sure.  Will I choose the wrong Hebrew name, perhaps.  Will I get before the beit din, freeze, or accidentally say “Jesus Christ?”  Oh Shit, I hope not. There’s […]

What’s in a Hebrew Name-Change?

Posted by: erika on: July 9, 2011

I’ve narrowed my list of 12 Hebrew Name options down to 7(8).  Which means I’ve barely narrowed it down.  My sister is a few weeks away from giving birth to my third nephew.  I don’t talk about our relationship a lot here because it’s private, but suffice to say that it is at times difficult.  […]

Noah Aronson-The Interview

Posted by: erika on: July 7, 2011

A few weeks ago I went to the home of Jewish composer, singer/song writer, Noah Aronson to discuss his latest CD “Am I Awake.”  The interview has just gone live at Jewcy.com.  Make sure to go over there and take a peek. You can purchase Noah’s latest CD on his website http://www.noaharonson.com.  Be sure to […]

I’m Back

Posted by: erika on: July 5, 2011

I just returned from a long weekend trip with friends.  Before we left for Upstate New York, I attended service at the synagogue known as BJ, B’nai Jeshurun.  I was first introduced to BJ in the book “From Ghetto to Ghetto-An African America Journey to Judaism” by Ernest H. Adams.  As I met more Jewish people, […]

Gone Camping

Posted by: erika on: July 2, 2011

Happy 4th of July! While I’m gone you could…like my page on Facebook.  Just go to Facebook and like Black, Gay, and Jewish.   It’s Easy! -Read Old Posts.  BG&J is almost a year old!  Read my very first posts! -H

4+ Questions

Posted by: erika on: July 1, 2011

During Pesach we ask The Four Questions in the hopes that it will lead the people around the table to ask more questions.  I am starting to understand that people preparing for their conversion ask a lot of questions as well.  I am one of those people.  I will amuse myself and you with flushing out […]


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