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Shabbat in Ohio

Posted by: erika on: August 27, 2011

The clock on my computer reads 6:21PM, which means that it still technically Shabbat.  My second Shabbat as a Jew and I would have to say-my most successful.  Not only did I make an entire dinner, with challah, from scratch-I celebrated Shabbat with my family, who are not Jewish.  More details when I’m not chasing […]

Living Jewish, in Ohio?

Posted by: erika on: August 23, 2011

I’m back in Ohio helping out my family.  Blogging will be spotty, but I’ll see what I can do.  In the meantime, a post from last year.

I am Jewish

Posted by: erika on: August 19, 2011

Nearly every one of my Jewish friends has called or text me with messages of, “You were always Jewish to me.”  The echos of that e-mail urging me to re-consider conversion still rings in my ear.  It’s weird.  I don’t look different, but I do feel different.  I didn’t think that I would. On Wednesday […]

How is Today Different Than Any Other Day?

Posted by: erika on: August 18, 2011

I’m Jewish-that’s how!  Yesterday was a truly wonderful experience that I still haven’t quite figured out how to word.  Not only did I leave the mikveh Jewish, I got a new nephew!  There was something really powerful about the warmth of the mikveh waters, it symbolized my re-birth as a Jewish woman.  I couldn’t help […]


Posted by: erika on: August 17, 2011

  I’ve been up since 4:15 AM when my cell phone beeped, a message alert from my mother.  I opened it up and looked at my new nephew, Jacob, born a few moments prior.  G-d truly is wonderful.  I feel blessed to share my Jewish birthday with my newest nephew, whom I named.  In 2 […]

Tomorrow is J-Day

Posted by: erika on: August 16, 2011

I have no words.  See you on the other side 🙂

Who is a Jew?

Posted by: erika on: August 15, 2011

Most popular search term for my blog today is, “What Color is a Jew?”  People rarely ask, “What color is a Muslim?”  or “What color is a Christian?”  They always ask, “What color is a Jew”  Here are a few Jews I know…and some I do not know. They’re all Jews, and we come in all colors, […]

Three Days

Posted by: erika on: August 14, 2011

Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday I will be Jewish. On my last conversation with my rabbi, she asked me to reflect this Shabbat.  I didn’t attend shul on either day but attended Shabbat dinner with friends.  Shabbat didn’t feel particularly different than other Shabbats (sound a bit like Pesach?) No one could see what made that particular […]

Tikkun Olam

Posted by: erika on: August 11, 2011

I’ve just finished Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s book Hillel-If Not Now, When and have been inspired by more than a few passages.  One of them is Tikkun Olam, a basic Jewish colloquialism that Hillel instituted over two thousand years ago.  As Jews (look at me) we have the responsibility of Tikkun Olam, to repair the world. […]

One Week

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2011

This time next week I will be Jewish.  I’m not quite sure how to wrap my head around it, actually.  It’s not like I didn’t know that this day would come, I’ve been planning for this day for over a year.  Still, it’s seems so giant-and so incredibly small.  Who cares? For all intensive purposes […]

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