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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 […]

A Cross-Post from Jewschool

Posted by: erika on: February 18, 2014

I wrote a guest post for Jewschool about JMN‘s Parlor Meeting. When there were rumbles about yet another Weather Event in New York on February 6th, I got considerably more anxious than I normally would have, given that I work from home (or wherever) and don’t own a car I have to dig out. If […]

Back for Two Important Cross-Posts

Posted by: erika on: January 28, 2014

Every once in a while I’ll check to see what’s happening on the blog. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the continued support and readership-even in my sabbatical 🙂 I will say that I was shocked that my “Schvartze” piece from a few years ago was one of the most searched and […]

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 […]

3rd of Elul-Blog Round Up

Posted by: erika on: August 9, 2013

There are so many great jewels of Elul that I couldn’t pick just one. The first is from My Jewish Learning The hebrew letters that spell out the name of the Jewish month that we have just entered – Elul – are described in the Talmud as an acronym for the phrase from Song of Songs: ‘Ani L’dodi […]

Navigating Modesty as a Liberal, Queer Jew

Posted by: erika on: June 14, 2013

I’ve written about modesty, sexual harassment, hair covering, Jewish hair, black hair, my hair for a while. In the first of a two-part series about modesty vis-a-vis street harassment I talked a bit about how and why I cover my hair for The Sisterhood. When people ask what kind of a Jew I am, I […]

Cross Posts from the Forward

Posted by: erika on: April 4, 2013

Remembering Dr. King Had Dr. King lived he would be 84 today. The connection between Dr. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel is one that I learned of during my conversion process. When only one month a year is given to Black History, certain events are sure to be left out. While my […]

Interview: Repair the World

Posted by: erika on: December 24, 2012

When Hurricane Sandy hit I sprung into action. Unfortunately that springing action did a number on my back. The back strain combined with carrying my computer to work every day since the Hurricane has resulted in a slow healing process and unfortunately a lack of volunteering. B’H there are many people still out there doing […]

Bubala Please (Go Away)

Posted by: erika on: December 3, 2012

Have you seen this? I did…and I have some thoughts. You can read them over at The Sisterhood.  

Day Three in Far Rockaway

Posted by: erika on: November 6, 2012

A cross-post from The Sisterhood. In the Far Rockaways, there is no Red Cross relief, no FEMA, no National Guard shuttling in supplies for the elderly Polish and Russian Jews living in high rises without power or heat. There is no relief for the poor black and Latino families living in low-income housing. The lights […]


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