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Archive for September 2011

Posting on Erev Rosh Hashanah?

Posted by: erika on: September 28, 2011

Indeed.  A few new-Jew fails as we close out this year.  Last year, if you remember I’d secured my High Holy Daytickets way in advance.  This year, I was focused on trying to get to Israel and sort of kind of forgot to get High Holy Day tickets for Rosh Hashanah.  I do, however, have […]

Jewish Holiday Season

Posted by: erika on: September 25, 2011

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I suppose I shouldn’t start a post about Jewish holidays with Johnny Mathis’ famous Christmas song for a title but it’s in my head, but what can I say-it is the most wonderful time of the year.  Sure we have to make certain that our name is written in the […]

“Pushing forward and arching back…”

Posted by: erika on: September 23, 2011

Today is the last Shabbat of the year.  When I read that on one of my friend’s Facebook page a few minutes ago I couldn’t believe it.  Sure, I know that Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner, but I didn’t realize that it was so close.  I’ve been completely wrapped up in Israel and […]

I’m Going to Israel!

Posted by: erika on: September 22, 2011

After two weeks, twenty-nine donations, countless blog posts, blog RP, Tweets, RTs, and Facebook status updates I am going to Israel!  I’m going to Israel because of people like you.  I can’t say thank you enough and I’ll never be able to express my gratitude.  It sort of feels like the day that Rabbi L set […]

What Are You Thankful For Today?

Posted by: erika on: September 21, 2011

My good buddy Noah Aronson is celebrating a birthday today.  Along with my wonderful mother and about 3 other friends.  September 21st is apparently a popular birth date for friends and family.  It’s no secret that I have a bit of a man-crush on Noah.  The definition of a man-crush, in this lesbian’s opinion, is […]

So Close, but Shofar Away

Posted by: erika on: September 20, 2011

I wasn’t planning to continue to bog down my blog with the Please Help Send Me to Israel! web-a-thon.  Especially since I promised last week that it would only be a week-long event, but we’re only 3 days away from Friday, D-Day, and I’m still about $250 away from my new goal of $1000 to […]

What do the UK, California, and NYC have in Common?

Posted by: erika on: September 18, 2011

Give up?  They’re places that I’ve received donations from folks. It’s been 6 days since I first posted about my Israel Trip and the need for donations for the flight.  23 donations later and I’m at a loss for words and overwhelmed by the wonderful generosity of people.  It’s beyond comprehension and I’m flabbergasted every […]

7 Days to Help Send Me to Israel!

Posted by: erika on: September 16, 2011

If I someone were to tell me that this week would happen, I wouldn’t believe them.  It’s almost impossible to remember back to Monday morning when this week was just another week.  I was grateful to have two interviews lined up, but planned on spending the remaining five days as I had for the past four months-sending […]

Shofar Blowing 101

Posted by: erika on: September 15, 2011

Last year a friend of mine was heading back home to Israel for a visit.  Knowing that I was considering Judaism, she asked if she could bring me something from the Holy Land.  I thought about it, and asked for a shofar.  Dorin got back from Israel and maybe 7 months later I met my […]

Please Help Send Me to Israel!-3 Days

Posted by: erika on: September 14, 2011

What an amazing day!  I got my Paypal account up, running, verified and it’s ticking away, I’ve received two promissory notes, and at least a dozen donations today!  From people that I know and people that I’ve never met.  I don’t want to get my hopes up, but it looks like I’ll be making a […]


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