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What does it mean to be Black?

Posted by: erika on: March 6, 2012

Being black means your skin don’t crack. I look at my skin color and I don’t wish the black away.  I don’t wish it were lighter or smoother or different than what it is.  I love the way it gets dark-chocolate brown in the middle of the summer after spending too many hours on the […]

New Year, Old Resolutions

Posted by: erika on: December 28, 2011

I’ve read several blog posts and articles on various websites this year about Christmakkah: Christmas vs. Hanukkah.  Christmas Tree vs. Hanukkah Bush.  You can’t celebrate both, you can celebrate both.  I’ve read the majority of these articles and watched the dust fly on Facebook and Twitter, but mainly kept my arguments to the validity of latkes as […]

28 Days until Israel!

Posted by: erika on: October 11, 2011

I’m not quite sure I believe it myself!  I was in the shower this morning detangling my hair (which can take some time) reviewing my Hebrew.  I was debating whether or not I should buy some Israel guide books, thinking I had a month and a half to get everything in order-until I looked at […]

Rosh Hashanah Reflections( הנני) I am Here.

Posted by: erika on: October 2, 2011

Shanah Tovah!  Shavua Tov!  Happy New Year! We’re currently in the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The Book of Life is open and Jews around the world are praying that their name is inscribed within its pages.  Rosh Hashanah started as a stressful, guilt-ridden holiday for me this year.  I still find […]

So Close, but Shofar Away

Posted by: erika on: September 20, 2011

I wasn’t planning to continue to bog down my blog with the Please Help Send Me to Israel! web-a-thon.  Especially since I promised last week that it would only be a week-long event, but we’re only 3 days away from Friday, D-Day, and I’m still about $250 away from my new goal of $1000 to […]

13 Days and a Birthday!

Posted by: erika on: August 4, 2011

Today is my blog’s 1st birthday!  One year ago today I “penned” my first post.  It was not very exciting.  It basically just said this is my first post.  I’d like to think that the posts have gotten better, a bit witty, and even helpful.  It’s been a truly wonderful experience to share this journey […]

Shul Review

Posted by: erika on: July 25, 2011

I’ve mentioned in several posts that I think that all people should visit a Baptist church at least once in their lives.  There are churches in Harlem that are on guided tours of NYC.  Tourists can attend these churches and get an experience of what going to church in NYC is like.  I’m not sure how […]

May Day

Posted by: erika on: May 1, 2011

This May, like Black, Gay and Jewish on Facebook.  And tell your friends. I’ve never been a fan of deadlines. I hate paying bills. I don’t prioritize my time very well and most people would say that I’m disorganized. I used to be convinced I had undiagnosed ADD. I’ve been called messy more times than […]


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