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Posting on Erev Rosh Hashanah?

Posted by: erika on: September 28, 2011

Indeed.  A few new-Jew fails as we close out this year.  Last year, if you remember I’d secured my High Holy Daytickets way in advance.  This year, I was focused on trying to get to Israel and sort of kind of forgot to get High Holy Day tickets for Rosh Hashanah.  I do, however, have […]

How to Make a Jew

Posted by: erika on: July 27, 2011

Dear Reader, this is a combination of satire, introspection, humor, and a small smidge of actual fact. Ingredients Rabbi (1-2 to start and at least 3 at the end of recipe) Bookshelf Books (see Bookshelf) Mezzuzah (for as many rooms in your home/apartment) Really good Matzoh Ball Soup Recipe Cook Books Seltzer Religious Garb Synagogue […]

Are We There, Yet?

Posted by: erika on: June 15, 2011

A few weeks ago I lamented that conversion classes were coming to an end and that I’d have to fend for myself.  Well, it’s happened.  I’m feeling a little out of sorts Jewishly as of late.  Not regret or remorse but anticipation.  I always try to remind myself that patience is a virtue.  I like […]

Wait…You’re not a Jew yet?!

Posted by: erika on: May 23, 2011

“Nope, not a Jew yet.” “Well, how long does it take?” “It depends, really, usually at least a year.” “So, how do they make you a Jew?” Only a few days after pouring through Chicago Carless’ blog I found myself in that converation at work yesterday.  Two months ago my sister asked the same thing, “You’re […]

Jew or Jewish?

Posted by: erika on: May 9, 2011

I’ve pondered these terms several times here.  If I were more witty, I would post the links to the various topics but it’s too late and I’ve had two glasses of wine and therefore lack the patience or desire to sift through months of blogging.  My Schmekel interview is finished and will go live tomorrow.  […]

“…start panicking”

Posted by: erika on: April 11, 2011

Those words were gulped by Aladdin as he and Abu flew through the Cave of Wonders on the magic carpet.  I was assured last night after talking to my buddy Noah that Pesach Panic is a very natural, very Jewish thing.  Exactly One Week and it is officially Passover.  For 8 days I’ll be engrossed […]

Changing the Face of Judaism/Judaism’s Changing Face

Posted by: erika on: March 2, 2011

A few conversion classes ago the rabbi asked how we thought we, a room full of Jews-to-be, would change Judaism.  We all gave answers and today, for some reason, two weeks later I’m still thinking about it.  As converts, we are changing Judaism and as a result the “face” of Judaism will be forever changed.  […]

When You’re a Jew-You get Two New Years!

Posted by: erika on: December 28, 2010

I was always fascinated by the Chinese New Year, especially since moving to New York.  A few years ago Mirs and I went down to China town about an hour to late and missed the parade but the evidence of the festivities were in the streets.  The main drags were still closed off to cars […]

New Jews; Blessing or Annoyance?

Posted by: erika on: December 7, 2010

I’m one of those people who believe that when you say something, “joking” it’s your way of saying the thing that you truly wish to say but do not for fear of hurting someone, upsetting someone, or disagreeing with someone.  You don’t feel comfortable, for whatever reason, saying what you mean to say outright so […]

How and Why do you Jew?

Posted by: erika on: December 5, 2010

I’ve started to write this post at least a dozen times.  I’ve recently received 3 books on Jewish prayer from Amazon, To Pray as a Jew by Hayim Halevy Donin, Entering Jewish Prayer by Reuven Hammer, and Minding the Temple of the Soul by Tamar Frankiel and Judy Greenfeld.  I’ve purchased them to better understand the things that happen […]


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