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Archive for July 2012

Brief Pause in Blogging

Posted by: erika on: July 30, 2012

Mirs and I moved in together this weekend. Soar muscles, apartment full of boxes, the realization that we have two of everything. The joys of trying to figure out a new “kosher”, dairy-free, gluten-free kitchen. Counting doorposts and determining whether a room with two doors needs two mezuzahs and trying to get a rabbi for […]

Excuses, Excuses

Posted by: erika on: July 26, 2012

Bitch, Hoe, Slut, Shiksa Coon, Blackie, Nigger, Schvartze Christ Killer, Dirty Jew, Kyke Towel Head, Camel Jockey, Sand Nigger Are they simply words? Does it depend on who’s listening? Are they okay when used behind closed doors? Does it matter that it may not be understood by the intended person? Should we simply not use […]

Schvartze

Posted by: erika on: July 25, 2012

The first time I heard the word schvartze was while watching Jews of Color Roundtable on The Jewish Chanel. I believe it was Yavilah McCoy who described hearing the word in school growing up-she and her siblings were the only blacks in their Crown Heights Hebrew school in the 70s. So when I was approached […]

Oops They Did it Again?

Posted by: erika on: July 23, 2012

What’s with the obsession with Commandment Keepers and Hebrew Israelites? Is it because real black Jews aren’t exciting or exotic enough? Is it because it’s too hard to really dig into the issue of diversity (or the lack thereof) in mainstream Jewish communities? Is it to make it easy and simple? If you’re a black […]

On the Radio, Oh-Oh.

Posted by: erika on: July 14, 2012

Today I’m in Maine, presumably eating lobster on Shabbat, but a few weeks ago I was on the radio in the North Country on Radio 613. Episode 66: Rhythm in Flame and Jewish anti-racist blogging Tune-in to another great episode of your favourite Jewish politics/culture/religious practice radio show and podcast! In the first half of the […]

Judaism-Religion or Spiritual Connection to Gd?

Posted by: erika on: July 13, 2012

Shabbat Shalom, readers! As I write this, it’s actually only Tuesday-but I’m trying to be good about posting so I’ve been writing some small posts to schedule while I’m stuffing my face with treif in Maine. Yay Lobster! About a week ago this picture from Shabbat.com came across my Facebook feed. It spoke to me […]

Oh, baby!

Posted by: erika on: July 11, 2012

It’s amazing how something so small can be so big. I’m lucky to have three wonderful little boys in my life. My nephews will be six, three and one before the end of August. Mirs and I had the opportunity to flex our parenting muscles two weekends ago when my parents were in town. Through […]

The Kosher Cheating Curve

Posted by: erika on: July 10, 2012

If no one is around to watch you eat that piece of bacon, did it ever really happen? This weekend I’ll be traveling to Maine with my lovely partner and a couple of friends. I’m looking forward to getting out of the city, feeling very Dixie Chicks and hoping to look for miles and not […]

I know I said I wouldn’t cross-post…

Posted by: erika on: July 9, 2012

…but I couldn’t pass this one up. Rabbi Juan Mejia has been on my radar since I started to explore Judaism. His story is amazing, born in Columbia as Catholic, he learned his family had Jewish roots. He abandoned the desire to become a monk and instead re-established his connection to Judaism. I’ve heard some […]

A week of cross-posting

Posted by: erika on: July 6, 2012

Going through a bit of personal stuff. No worries, M and I are doing well and my family is doing well, overall. Simply the ups and downs of having addiction wreak havoc in a family. Prayers of patience, understanding, and strength are greatly appreciated. I hope to be feeling motivated to write more in the […]


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