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Black and Jewish

Posted by: erika on: June 18, 2013

You know I love getting email, but I usually don’t reply to an email with “I love you!” Especially to a guy I only met via email, but in this case that’s exactly what I did. The guy is Aaron Levy Samuels and if you are like me, you’d best hurry and get hip to […]

Heading out of Town!

Posted by: erika on: June 16, 2013

I’ll be heading to the land that IFC series are made of. For ten days of vacation with my lady love. I will be scheduling some posts through out my vacation.   Shalom, Saleem, and Peace.

Navigating Modesty as a Liberal, Queer Jew

Posted by: erika on: June 14, 2013

I’ve written about modesty, sexual harassment, hair covering, Jewish hair, black hair, my hair for a while. In the first of a two-part series about modesty vis-a-vis street harassment I talked a bit about how and why I cover my hair for The Sisterhood. When people ask what kind of a Jew I am, I […]

Last week before Shabbat I got an email from a black woman in Atlanta who’s considering converting to Judaism. She also happens to be dating someone who is Jewish, so or course the assumption is that she’s converting for this man. One of the most lasting words of advice my rabbi gave me while converting […]

Ask Erika: What If I’m More Drawn to Islam?

Posted by: erika on: June 5, 2013

As is quite evident by my blog, my Facebook and Twitter likes, and previous posts I have so much love, honor and reverence for Islam. It is partially due to the fact that Islam is so similar to Judaism in religion, language, customs and food, but also to do with the fact that like Christianity, […]


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