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Archive for February 2012

Pesach Panic-ish

Posted by: erika on: February 25, 2012

I can’t believe that I’m writing this, but Pesach is FIVE WEEKS AWAY!  This year will be my second Passover and while I’m by no means an expert at hosting a seder, I can thankfully say that I know what to expect. As I sit with my partner smoking hookah and recalling last year’s Pesach […]

A Comment on Commenting

Posted by: erika on: February 24, 2012

I enjoy having “hard” conversations in my professional life as well as my personal life.  I like having “hard” conversations on my blog as well because I know that people’s experiences are as varied as the individuals who write in.  When a group of individuals come together, whether that be online or in person, it’s […]

Kids These Days

Posted by: erika on: February 23, 2012

Living in a metropolitan city like New York you are always surrounded by different types of people.  People who do not look like you, people who speak a different language than you, people you may not ever associate with are suddenly sitting next to you on the subway.  Even if you never speak to these […]

 I have a slight fascination with Orthodox life, especially the Hasidic culture.  I am in awe of the conviction and strong connection to Torah and tradition.  I’m in awe of the honor and reverence shown to living a life that is more Gd-like than most Americans can imagine.  The style of dress intrigues me, the […]

Updates on BG&J

Posted by: erika on: February 20, 2012

As I mentioned in my letter to Ashkenazi Food, I had a great talk with the brains behind what is sure to be New York’s latest and best food craze-The Gefilteria.  The interview will go on Jewcy.com at the beginning of March-Stay Tuned!  In the meantime, be sure to RSVP for their launch party March […]

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: erika on: February 17, 2012

It’s been a really great week on the blog.  Thank you to everyone who continues to support me by sending comments, sending e-mails and spreading the word.  I thought that becoming Jewish would be the hurdle when in fact it is creating changes in the Jewish community that are impactful and meaningful that is the […]

Dear Ashkenazi Food,

Posted by: erika on: February 16, 2012

I’m sorry. I’m sorry that whenever I read The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden that I skip your section and go straight for the Sephardic Food. I’m sorry that I don’t pick up Jewish cook books if the book is only filled with you  I’m sorry that I have written you off as gross, inedible […]

99% or Just Plain Poor?

Posted by: erika on: February 15, 2012

“I decided long ago/never to walk in anyone’s shadow/If I fail/If I succeed/At least I’ll live as I believe/No matter what they take from me/They can’t take away my dignity.” Whitney Houston, “The Greatest Love of All” Back in October I wrote a piece for Jewcy on why I support the Occupy Movement.  Here’s a […]

Audre Lorde

Posted by: erika on: February 15, 2012

Audre Lorde*was a poet, writer, feminist, activist lesbian who died of cancer in 1992.  Born to parents from Grenada and raised in NYC, Lorde spoke out against the feminist writing of the 1960s for it’s lack of acknowledgement of the black feminists in its midst.   The Audre Lorde Project, which operates in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, keeps […]

Imitation is The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Posted by: erika on: February 14, 2012

I suppose so, but when done incorrectly I tend to think of it as plagiary.  Yesterday afternoon I was browsing Facebook when I noticed a post from a friend with a strangely familiar title, “All Jews Don’t Look Like Barbara Streisand.”  The small snippet that Facebook  reveals always shows a few lines and as I […]

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