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MLK Day 2017

Posted by: erika on: January 14, 2017

There’s a lot of (completely valid) talk going on about this week’s black-ish episode¬†regarding drumpf and black folks’ response. Anthony Anderson’s monologue was powerful and, unlike everything else this week, it didn’t bring immediate tears to my eyes. Instead I felt my mother come through my body and out of my mouth and I said […]

Praying With Our Legs in 2017-Cross Post

Posted by: erika on: January 9, 2017

I wrote the following blog post for Repair the World about the idea of praying with our legs in 2017 (and the next 4 years) with the upcoming trump administration and the world of hurt it’s already raining down. Yes, I said legs, not feet. Hundreds of years before Heschel talked about praying with his […]

First He Came for the Muslims

Posted by: erika on: November 17, 2016

Yesterday¬†the Huffington Post reported that drumpf is considering registering Muslims. Hell, no. Fuck, no. Not this time, mother fucker! Not today, Satan, not today. drumpf spent his entire campaign promising to build a wall to “secure our boarders”, he promised to prevent all Muslims from entering our country, he promised to register Muslims living in […]

Your Safety Pin Can’t Be Your Only Action

Posted by: erika on: November 14, 2016

Since the election the British “safety pin movement” has take roots in the United States, and for some folks it feels like the wrong move. Some news sources are saying that it’s a silent protest of drumf, others are saying that it’s meant to show marginalized people that the wearer is an ally, some are […]

Yes, All White People

Posted by: erika on: November 12, 2016

Dear White People, Yes, all of you. I need you to do something. I need you to sit in your discomfort of this black woman saying that you (yes, you) are going to be okay. In your white skin you can and have lived with a world of privilege. You can walk down the street […]

What To Do With Your Liberal White Rage

Posted by: erika on: November 10, 2016

Tuesday night was a shock to a lot of us. After Florida was called for that racist bigot who might be the president elect I went to bed. I watched from my phone as the race continued to tip in his favor and I somehow fell asleep. I slept until my wife came in and […]

Food For Thought-Tips for Shuls

Posted by: erika on: October 30, 2016

A friend I made at Pardes posted the “Food for Thought” (pictured above) on Facebook today and I thought (and commented) wouldn’t it be great if shuls passed these out for JOCs and Multiracial Jewish families? And instead of waiting for a shul to maybe do it, I thought I’d create one myself. If you’re […]

An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Posted by: erika on: October 11, 2016

An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives: In our hearts it is written, and on the streets it is sealed: Who shall live, and who shall die Who with hands up, who holding his ID; Who while selling ciggies, who peddling CDs; Who in cold blood, who by chokehold. In the law books it is written, […]

The Jewish Week is Covering Jews of Color!

Posted by: erika on: October 7, 2016

I’m so excited to see that popular Jewish paper and online source, The Jewish Week is covering Jews of Color this week! It’s always great to see Jews of Color getting more press and Gd willing, we’ll no longer need these “Special” pieces. But until that time comes, I’m happy to see it! According to […]

I have so much to say about this, but for now I’m going to cross post this piece that is more eloquent than anything I could muster right now. If you can’t see based on this, the countless others who have died at the hands of police in the last 3-5 years, the countless anonymous […]


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