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Archive for October 2013

Ask Erika: How Do You Deal With the Guilt?

Posted by: erika on: October 29, 2013

A few weeks ago I got the following questions from a reader I’ll call C. C and I have emailed a few times back and forth about conversion to Judaism and coming out and the guilt we feel by hurting our loved ones. … Perhaps two, maybe three years ago I was home for a […]

Black Gay and Jewish Wedding

Posted by: erika on: October 28, 2013

Over the weekend, while skimming through my Pinterest on my smart phone at a Brooklyn Hospital while an epidural let one of my doula clients sleep blissfully through contractions that earlier in the morning caused her much pain, fear and anxiety, I noticed a rather disturbing thread on my “I do” board. I found my […]

Jewish Geography Project:Va-Yera (Playing Catch Up)

Posted by: erika on: October 24, 2013

Va-Yera Genesis 18:1 – 22:24 This translation was taken from the JPS Tanakh Chapter 20 1 Abraham journeyed from there to the region of the Negeb and settled between Kadesh and Shur. ld of Abimelech because of Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Chapter 21 1 The Lord took note of Sarah as He had promised, and […]

Jewish Geography Project: Lekh Lekha

Posted by: erika on: October 10, 2013

And the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.                       א. וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל אַבְרָם לֶךְ לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ: Go forth: Heb. לֶךְ לְךָ, lit. go to you, for your […]

My Love of Judaism’s Pagan Side

Posted by: erika on: October 9, 2013

Judaism has a Pagan side? Really? You had to ask that? Judaism is totally, totally Pagan, though I’m sure most Jews wouldn’t say that and most certainly disagree with my assertion so I’ll say it in Jew-friendly terms. Judaism is very agricultural. … Before I was a Jew I was an Episcopalian. Before I was […]

It’s My Birthday!

Posted by: erika on: October 8, 2013

Here’s to a year of believing in myself. To taking time for myself. For loving and appreciating who I am as a woman of color, as a lesbian as a Jew. Here’s to not taking anything in my life for granted and blessing Gd for the gifts that often go unnoticed. Here’s to saying no […]


Jewish Geography Project: Noah

Posted by: erika on: October 4, 2013

“…so that in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” Bere’shit 8:4 “In Syrian tradition, as well as in Quranic tradition, the specific summit of the “Mountains of Ararat” where Noah’s ark landed is identified as Mount Judi in what is today Şırnak Province, Southeastern Anatolia Region, Turkey. In the Armenian tradition and Western Christianity, […]

Jewish Geography Project: Bereshit

Posted by: erika on: October 3, 2013

Last June I started the Jewish Geography Project and it sort of fizzled away. This year, I am committed to working on it and, well, damn I’m already a parasha (Torah portion) behind. I realized, going back, that I forgot a few key identifiers in the first go around so decided to start fresh with […]

Is This How Judaism is for You?

Posted by: erika on: October 2, 2013

An article is fast circulating the Jewishsphere the past two days. “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” an article by the Pew Report has even made it’s way to the NY Times with various comments and commentary on a variety of Jewish Facebook groups and Twitter Feeds. As a JBC, the article doesn’t necessarily apply to […]

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