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Archive for December 2011

Hey, How Are You?

Posted by: erika on: December 29, 2011

I realized I haven’t done a hey, how are you-post in a long while.  I’m going to give ya’ll an update on what’s going on in my life and in my Jewish life and then you should post a comment that says hi how are you too, okay? Israel. Word cannot express how wonderful my […]

New Year, Old Resolutions

Posted by: erika on: December 28, 2011

I’ve read several blog posts and articles on various websites this year about Christmakkah: Christmas vs. Hanukkah.  Christmas Tree vs. Hanukkah Bush.  You can’t celebrate both, you can celebrate both.  I’ve read the majority of these articles and watched the dust fly on Facebook and Twitter, but mainly kept my arguments to the validity of latkes as […]

It’s the Last Night of Hanukkah

Posted by: erika on: December 27, 2011

Can you believe it?  I have really taken Adam Sandler’s line, “eight crazy nights” to heart.  Since my last minute first night of Hanukkah party through day six I really over did it.  Too much wine, too much vodka, too. many. latkes.  All of that fuss about the potato treat the Jews borrowed and I […]

“Latkes” Clarified.

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2011

Whoa, folks are really attached to Latkes.  Again, I get it.  They’re delicious.  I used latkes as a symbol of what is and is not considered “Jewish”.  Latkes are a part of normative Jewish culture for most American Jews, but not all Jews.  My point with my latke post was to say that Jewish culture […]

Latkes are Not Jewish

Posted by: erika on: December 17, 2011

I’m sorry, they’re not.  They’re European. I love latkes.  They’re one of my favorite indulgences.  What’s not to love about fried potatoes topped with sour cream?  It’s perfection in a greasy, wonderful, crispy dish.  Thing is, I had them back in Ohio at a Polish joint and they were just called Potato Pancakes, ’cause that’s […]

Mezuzahs Every Where!

Posted by: erika on: December 14, 2011

  One of the first things I noticed when I got off of the plane in Tel Aviv was a mezuzah on the doorpost of the jet bridge.  I noticed them when I went into the passport screening room of the airport and then in the room to claim baggage.  They were literally on every doorpost in […]

Are We Racist?

Posted by: erika on: December 12, 2011

Memory.  I decided to skip class and sleep in.  The sun came through the cheap Target blinds that hung on my windows.  I think it was a sunny day, I pulled the covers over my head to try to ignore the light.  I heard the door open downstairs and knew it was Barry, my fiance.  […]

I Left a Piece of Myself in Israel

Posted by: erika on: December 12, 2011

When I boarded the A train in Penn Station on November 21st after traveling for twenty-four hours I was shocked by how loud it was.  People pushed and shoved their way around me as I tried to awkwardly position my luggage in a way that didn’t block too many people from standing on the crowded […]

Reflections on Israel-Three Weeks Later

Posted by: erika on: December 5, 2011

Be sure to continue reading the blog posts of Michael, Arthur, and Scott who are also blogging about our time together in Israel. Three weeks ago today I landed in Newark International airport after leaving my friend’s apartment in the French Hill neighborhood of north east Jerusalem, taking a light rail to a bus station, a bus […]

Israel Part 4

Posted by: erika on: December 1, 2011

Call to Prayer in Jerusalem Being back in New York is definitely taking some getting used to.  Israel, while fresh in my mind and in my heart always, has become like a sorted love affair.  There are many beautiful memories that make the love affair sweet.  The sound of Adhan coming from 4 different mosques […]


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