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“A blogger’s Al Chet”

Posted by: erika on: October 7, 2011

“Through writing I have committed many a wrong, but unlike those whose faces I see, I will likely never know the vast majority of people who I wronged via this blog. God cannot forgive these sins, only those whom I have wronged. If I can commit sin through the web, then surely I can also […]

9 Days/The Ninth of Av/Tisha B’Av

Posted by: erika on: August 8, 2011

“…The saddest day in Jewish History is the Ninth of Av…On this day the Babylonians destroyed the First Temple in 586BCE and the Romans burned down the Second temple in 70CE…During the Holocaust, the Nazis took pleasure in organizing murderous actions against the Jewish community on the ninth of Av…” – Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph […]

Ramadan Murbarak

Posted by: erika on: August 1, 2011

Today marks the beginning of the month of fasting for our Muslim brothers and sisters.  It’s a wonderful realization for me personally because I wrote about Ramadan last year on my blog.  On August 4th, my blog will celebrate its 1st Birthday and a few days after my blog’s birthday I will celebrate my Jewish […]

You Just Gotta Laugh

Posted by: erika on: April 25, 2011

Have ya’ll read the ranting that happened over my Jewcy post?  It’s pretty funny and got a bit more funny today.  I thought about putting up another reply to this person who clearly doesn’t like Erika Davis but then, I re-read what he’s already written and literally laughed out loud.  Seriously, guy? Anyhoo, thought it was […]

Pesach Panic

Posted by: erika on: February 26, 2011

Just in case you’re counting there are 51 days until Passover.  Yup, 51 days to get all of your Pesach preparations complete.  A while back one of my readers, Dena, told me that she was already getting stressed about Pesach preparations.  I sort of shrugged her off with the booze and festivities of Purim in […]

Yom Kippur

Posted by: erika on: September 18, 2010

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=PopzXbvXmJ4&vq=small#t=65] Last night I went to a new synagogue for Kol Nidre services, alone.  Despite being in another large congregation of Jews so technically I wasn’t alone, I felt incredibly by myself.  A sweet, older lesbian couple sat down next to me and introduced themselves.  Did I look gay?  or was it that I was […]


Posted by: erika on: August 11, 2010

Today is the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.  Muslims every where spend from now until September 10th fasting from sun up to sundown.  In the evenings, they break their fasts with friends and family, reading the Quran and enjoying the spirituality and sense of awe  and reflection that the month-long fast brings.  […]

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