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Gefilteria Launch Party

Posted by: erika on: March 9, 2012

This was originally posted on Jewcy.com Last Pesach, I was invited to my first seder at the home of one of The Gefilteria’s founders, Liz Alpern, and once again I came face-to-face with gefilte fish. It looked different than the stuff in the jar, but I was still unsure of the piece of food on […]

What’s a Gefilte Fish?

Posted by: erika on: March 8, 2012

Find out for yourself and come to this awesome event!  The Gefilteria will be holding a launch party this Sunday in Brooklyn.  Come, schmooze, nosh and eat some gefilte.  

Thank Gd

Posted by: erika on: March 8, 2012

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הַעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה׃ Blessed are you Gd, Ruler of the Universe, who has granted us life, who sustains us, and enabled us to reach this moment.   Sometimes it’s important to thank Gd for all of the many blessings in your life.  Happy Purim!  Don’t eat too […]

What does it mean to be Black?

Posted by: erika on: March 6, 2012

Being black means your skin don’t crack. I look at my skin color and I don’t wish the black away.  I don’t wish it were lighter or smoother or different than what it is.  I love the way it gets dark-chocolate brown in the middle of the summer after spending too many hours on the […]

Talking to Gd

Posted by: erika on: March 4, 2012

The film “Dogma” is filled with great one-liners, one of my favorites was delivered by Alan Rickman playing “The Voice.”  He says something to the effect of, “they’re either talking to them self or their talking to me” in regards to human beings speaking to Gd.  According to Kevin Smith, Gd went through many Adams […]

Why You Talk So White?

Posted by: erika on: March 2, 2012

This video floated into my Facebook feed today and I thought I would share it with you.  While this woman is African American with strong and linguistically evident roots to her homeland and I do not, I still feel her frustration.  Why do you talk so white was a common mantra in my childhood and […]

How Do You Make a Jew?

Posted by: erika on: March 1, 2012

Ingredients Needed: Kevanah Rabbis (3) Mikveh Books Time (unlimited amounts) Dedication Patience Patience Patience


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