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Archive for January 2012

Taking It to the Airwaves

Posted by: erika on: January 31, 2012

That’s right.  I’m going to be on the radio next Monday morning at 8AM.  The show is called All Things Gay and yours truly will be her big ole gay Jewish self bright and early.  I hope you’ll tune in if you can, and if you can’t there will be a link to follow.  

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: erika on: January 27, 2012

Working prayer into my life in a meaningful way has been difficult.  I struggle with the idea of formalized prayers with prescribed words and informal prayers that come from the heart every day.  I think that structure and tradition has its place, but I wonder how they can remain meaningful when they are rushed through for the […]

Since When Did We Start Hating-on Our Own?

Posted by: erika on: January 23, 2012

Last night I did something I didn’t think I’d ever do.  It was against my better judgement, something I’ve avoided for over a year.  It just…happened.  I watched Sex and the City 2**.  As a card-carrying member of the Sex and the City obsession club I’d been adamantly opposed to either movie.  I was ticked […]

All the Nu That’s Fit to Print

Posted by: erika on: January 20, 2012

A bit of a cop-out, a bit of a borrow from Pursue, a bit of laziness on posting.  The Nu (at least for this Shabbat) is a way to keep ya’ll abreast of things on my radar and a way to avoid writing on Shabbat. From the New York Times  Lechery, Immodesty and the Talmud  […]

Did You Know?

Posted by: erika on: January 19, 2012

I write for all sorts of Jewish websites.  At American Jewish World Service (where I’m employed) I contribute to the Pursue blog as well as the Where Do You Give blog.  I write for Jewcy and have a few pieces on Sh’ma (which reminds me I have a deadline).  I’ve written for Alef Next and […]

Why is this Scary…

Posted by: erika on: January 17, 2012

 One of my favorite people to follow on Twitter is Jihadi Jew.  I appreciate how he sees the similarities and beauty of Islam and Judaism.  I appreciate how he openly and publicly embraces Islamic principles and uses passages in the Quran along side passages in Torah.  Most recently, he handed the reigns of his blog […]

What Would MLK Do?

Posted by: erika on: January 16, 2012

Even though MLK was a Baptist preacher, I believe he would stand by LGBTQ people and demand their equal civil and human rights to have children, to adopt, to bury and care for loved ones, to adequate health care, to live a dignified life. MLK would have been in Zuccotti Park.  He would have supported […]

The End of an Era

Posted by: erika on: January 14, 2012

On Thursday the Sisterhood Blog of the Jewish Daily Forward ran my final thoughts on Shit X Says to X.  Meme-o-rama has come to an end, at least for me it has.  This isn’t to say that I still won’t be trying to get an interview with Francesca Ramsey, it just means that I won’t […]

Since the Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls video and my related post, I’ve had a lot of conversations about race, ethnicity, and of course Judaism.  One of the best and unexpected things that happened when Francesca put her thoughts to video was that it opened the door to conversation.  I’ve had conversations on and offline […]

How Do You Jew?

Posted by: erika on: January 10, 2012

If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I wrote a post with the same title a while ago.  It was before I converted and before I was able to really articulate and comfortably field questions that I would get about why I wanted to convert.  Now that I am Jewish, I’m always given unsolicited […]


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