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One Mitzvah at a Time: Morning Prayers

Posted by: erika on: May 31, 2013

מוֹדֶה (מוֹדָה) אֲנִי לְפָנֶֽיךָ מֶֽלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּים. שֶׁהֶֽחֱזַֽרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמֽוּנָתֶֽךָ I offer thanks before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great. The first time I experienced an Avodat Lev service I was overwhelmed and embarrassed by the power of it. It […]

On the Interwebs-Pre Shabbat Reading

Posted by: erika on: May 24, 2013

Jewish Websites (in no particular order) Pop Chassid While some of these photos make me uncomfortable, I’m in complete awe of Pop Chassid’s collection of 10 Jewish Women Being Awesome. Both the Shabbat and Tsfat photo were incredibly moving to me. Keshet and My Jewish Learning This article about Orthodox parents of LGBTQ teens is […]

When I posted about Shavuot on my personal Facebook Page I got a wide variety of responses: From my cousin:  Playoffs are just 40 days, religion is always there! Watch the game! From a Jewish professional: I pray more watching the Knicks then I ever do in shul. From a colleague: Learning goes on until late tonight – […]

Quick Post

Posted by: erika on: May 14, 2013

Last night while making dinner with my lovely lady. Me:I’m feeling really disconnected to Judaism lately. I think I’ll go to Shavuot services tomorrow night to reconnect. Her:You do realize the Knicks are playing tomorrow night, right?  

I’m Almost a Doula!

Posted by: erika on: May 8, 2013

For the past five weeks I’ve been spending Shabbat with three Muslim women, one Rastafarian, two other women of color and one sweet white girl in a small space in Bedstuy. Ancient Song Doula Services, the practice I’ve been learning with, is focused on training women as color as doulas and educating women in the […]

A Convert’s Story-The Whole Truth

Posted by: erika on: May 7, 2013

Tonight I will be speaking to a group of potential converts at the synagogue I converted through. I’ve been asked to think about my conversion experience and the time that has since past and as a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about the last (Jewish) year. Confession-I haven’t been to synagogue since Rosh Hashanah. […]


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