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Archive for November 2011

Israel Part Three

Posted by: erika on: November 29, 2011

My good friend, Michael of Almost Jewish has been doing some beautiful writing on his blog about our Trip to Israel.  Make sure to check out his work as well as two other trip participants who are blogging-Arthur and Scott. The Parts in Italics are from the journal that I kept while in Israel. I won’t […]

Israel in Pictures

Posted by: erika on: November 27, 2011

 The Three Quarters; Christian, Jewish and Muslim were always buzzing with activity.  Out of the three, I spent a lot of time in the Muslim Quarter comparing the similarities between Jewish and Muslim culture.  This woman walked in front of my camera.   I was trying to take a photo of the arch and the Arabic […]

Israel-Part One.

Posted by: erika on: November 25, 2011

 On Thursday the New York Times published an op-ed about Israel’s Pinkwashing.  The article is based mostly on Israel’s use of LGBTQ rights as a mirror for the open-minded acceptance of LGBTQ Israelis by the government.  Reading this article, after only being back in the U.S for 24 hours was…eye-opening.  The complexity of the trip […]

Mitzvah Update!

Posted by: erika on: November 23, 2011

 I am, indeed, back from a wonderful tour of Israel.  I’ve had several people ask me when I’m going to post about it.  I will post when I can articulate everything that I am feeling.  Don’t misread, I had an amazing time.  I can only say that I absolutely love Israel, specifically the Negev and […]

quick reflections from a kibbutz

Posted by: erika on: November 16, 2011

I’m currently in Israel…I don’t even have things to say that are constructive, but here are a few reflections on things that I’ve experienced. *being here feels conflicted *i love jerusalem *i didn’t expect to cry at the wall *the holocaust museum was difficult for multiple reasons *i know that i want to come back […]

brief blog from israel

Posted by: erika on: November 10, 2011

***Im writing this from my NookColor, so it will be brief with many errors-you have been warned*** After spending the day completely jet lagged in Brussels I arrived in Tel Aviv last night around 12:30. Getting through customs was suprisingly easy, though I hve a feeling that coming home will be a different story. When […]

Leaving for Israel-Tomorrow!

Posted by: erika on: November 7, 2011

It is so beyond my comprehension that I actually wrote that blog title.  Crazy, but true I will be leaving for Israel tomorrow.  Blogging will continue to be spotty until I get back in 14 days!  

I Twisted My Hair and I liked it

Posted by: erika on: November 1, 2011

Yesterday on Twitter #CurlyHairGirls was trending.  There was a buzz around a new Flickr album, “My Jewish Hair.”  Keeping with that trend, a post dedicated to my Jewish hair. The story of going from relaxed hair (chemically straightened) to natural has been documented in this blog before.  I think it’s been about 5 years since I’ve put chemicals on […]


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