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Archive for September 2012

More Questions You Should Never Ask a Jew of Color

Posted by: erika on: September 28, 2012

I wrote a post about this in June of 2011 and the questions are all the same and as a Jew of Color we hear them all of the time. The Help Questions: Do you work here? Do you know where room 101 is? Are you watching the children for this service? Do you need […]

Why Do We Say “Have an Easy Fast?” A Video Blog

Posted by: erika on: September 25, 2012

Yom Kippur 5773  

Kol Nidre

Posted by: erika on: September 24, 2012

From a Kol Nidre sermon in 5769 …A generation later millions of Jews who had survived the Holocaust wandered in search of communities and a way of life that had been shattered, like the windows of their homes and businesses on Kristallnacht. One who emerged out of the fires of the Shoah was Reb Leizer. […]

Round Up

Posted by: erika on: September 21, 2012

This time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is always interest. I find that people are biting their tongues a bit, more careful about the words they are putting into the world. The web has been full of really amazing pieces of information and I’ve decided to round them up today. Down the Rabbit Hole […]

What To Expect:Yom Kippur Fasting 101

Posted by: erika on: September 19, 2012

You made it through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is looming on the horizon. If it’s your first Yom Kippur I’m not going to lie, it’s a little bit intimidating. If you’re into the visuals-the book of life is wide open and as we get closer and closer to the end of service it’s like […]

My Interview with JewSchool

Posted by: erika on: September 19, 2012

Many thanks to the amazing Chanel Dubofsky for doing this interview.   Erika Davis is the Chief of Staff at Hazon. She also works as a freelance writer for The Sisterhood, Jewcy, Kveller and others while maintaining her personal blog Black, Gay and Jewish. Erika likes Syrian Jewish cooking and is convinced she makes the best hummus in Brooklyn. […]

L’Shana Tovah!

Posted by: erika on: September 16, 2012

Wishing you a healthy, prosperous, sweet New Year!  

Welcoming the Stranger-A Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: September 14, 2012

I’ve written on this topic several times, so for today’s pre-Shabbat cross-post, I’ll let Chava to the talking. If you’re not following Not a Contradiction, you should be. A recent trip out-of-town made me think about “welcoming synagogues” and what that really means.  So often  Jews of Color, LGBT Jews and others feel like outsiders […]

What To Expect During the High Holidays

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2012

These “What To Expect” posts are always inspired by people in my life, many who are on the same path I recently completed-converting to Judaism. I was recently asked what the High Holidays were like and was sort of stumped for an answer. I started and re-started this post and as you can see towards […]

What Are Your Rosh Hashanah Plans?

Posted by: erika on: September 11, 2012

Last year Miriam and I hosted Rosh Hashanah dinner for about 15 friends. We dipped glittered apples in honey and ate a lot of dried fruits and welcomed in the New Year with friends. Hosting people in our home for holidays and Shabbat is one of my favorite things, but it’s exhausting. It’s that kind […]

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