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Do We Really Know What Gd Wants?

Posted by: erika on: March 14, 2012

“I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.” -Susan B. Anthony As a social media personality you have access to a wide array of people.  People who agree with what you’re doing and people who don’t and while I don’t hope that everyone will agree […]

Thoughts on Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls

Posted by: erika on: January 5, 2012

If you haven’t seen the latest and best addition of the Shit {Blank People} Say, then take a moment and watch it right now.  Amazing right?  Don’t think so?  Watch it again and get back to me. Yesterday morning Francesca Ramsey was a woman with a successful YouTube channel, and by the afternoon she’d gone viral.  Shit […]

“Latkes” Clarified.

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2011

Whoa, folks are really attached to Latkes.  Again, I get it.  They’re delicious.  I used latkes as a symbol of what is and is not considered “Jewish”.  Latkes are a part of normative Jewish culture for most American Jews, but not all Jews.  My point with my latke post was to say that Jewish culture […]

God Makes No Mistakes

Posted by: erika on: February 22, 2011

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG0wi1m-89o&feature=player_embedded#at=46] On Yom Kippur Mirs and I, accompanied by some friends, attended service with hundreds of LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly Jews at the Javits center.  Being my first Yom Kippur there were a lot of emotions swirling about my head; hunger, confusion, awe…  Mostly I was delighted to see so many queer Jews seriously praying and repenting before Hashem.  It’s a […]

Resources for LGBTQ Jews

Posted by: erika on: November 23, 2010

It’s almost been a month since I gave my talk at Be’chol Lashon.  We’re scheduled to meet next week, the first day of Hanukkah, a day that I’m booked three ways in the evening.  It’s my last day of my conversion class for this trimester.  It’s my “office” party, and it’s the Be’Chol Lashon Hanukkah party/meeting.  I have […]

If you haven’t gathered, the first trimester of my conversion class was all about the Jewish Life Cycles.  We learned about birth, baby naming, brit, bar/bat mitzvah ( I missed that day but just so you know you become a bar/bat mitzvah, you don’t have one), wedding, and today-Death.  Dum-dum.  Not only is it the […]

My Talk for Be’Chol Lashon NYC Part 2

Posted by: erika on: November 7, 2010

Thanks for patiently waiting for Part 2.  One more to go after this!! Enjoy…  Black and Gay. When I was 21 I sat in my mother’s office writing on her computer.  My boyfriend at the time, Barry, an older white man I’d been dating for a year came in.  He sat behind me and I became […]

My Talk for Be’Chol Lashon New York Part One

Posted by: erika on: November 4, 2010

Let me just say that my talk went really well.  I was well-received and afterwards in the Q and A I got a lot of positive feedback.  I ended up “winging” most of it so that I was giving a talk rather than just reading the words off of my computer screen.  Everyone was engaged […]

Tonight’s the Night!

Posted by: erika on: November 3, 2010

After one month of re-reading my blog posts, re-reading really inspirational books by Ernest H. Adams, Rebecca Walker, Staceyann Chin, and James Mc Bride as well as wonderful words of wisdom from readers and friends,  My. Talk. Is. Finished! I’m currently waiting for the mail to deliver the Netflix video that I’m showing, Trembling before G-d […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish is getting popular

Posted by: erika on: November 2, 2010

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