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Posted by: erika on: July 24, 2013

Today is the 17th of Av, otherwise known as my Hebrew re-birthday! I realized that I officially have four “birthdays”. My actual birthday and it’s Hebrew equivalent and my Mikvah date and it’s Hebrew equivalent.  More cupcakes for me! It’s hard to believe that it’s only been two years, but it has! I spent some […]

Ilana Kaufman on the intersections of race, religion and culture: Just about the time I realized being brown and Jewish was to others more fascinating than fabulous, I was also an emerging adolescent, complete with the requisite knuckle headedness and edgy attitude that are hallmarks of the tween and teen years.  Being a young person […]

Mourning Trayvon Martin on Tisha B’Av

Posted by: erika on: July 15, 2013

When MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said on Sunday evening that our country makes her wish away black sons I felt a pit grow in my stomach. As we start to think about starting a family I’m struck and also worried. What if we have sons. Because we’re a biracial couple, we’re searching for donors who will reflect […]

The N-Word on the Fourth of July

Posted by: erika on: July 5, 2013

With all of the Paula Dean crap, it’s pretty safe to say that we don’t, as some would like to believe, live in a post-racist society. As a woman of color, I’ve always known this fact to be true. When working in various retail stores in Manhattan, most of the suspected shoplifters we’d monitor were […]

Wanna Do Me a Huge Favor?

Posted by: erika on: July 2, 2013

    Like my doula page on Facebook and follow my doula blog on Blogger. Here’s why: I’ve been interested in birth work for a while. As Mirs and I start to think about becoming a family with two-legged children in addition to our four-legged children I started to do more research and learning about […]

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