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My name is Erika, and I’m an Ashkenazi Jew

Posted by: erika on: August 28, 2012

I love Syrian cooking, I make a mean hummus, I eat kitynot on Pesach and yet, I’m an Ashkenazi Jew. As much as I try to deny it, as much as I’ve fought against it the truth cannot be denied. I may “look” Sephardic (or simply not what one expects an Ashkenazi Jew to look […]

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 […]

Shofar Blowing 101

Posted by: erika on: September 15, 2011

Last year a friend of mine was heading back home to Israel for a visit.  Knowing that I was considering Judaism, she asked if she could bring me something from the Holy Land.  I thought about it, and asked for a shofar.  Dorin got back from Israel and maybe 7 months later I met my […]

The news rooms, newspapers, websites, and internet were buzzing this afternoon when news of former President Mubarak finally stepping down after 18 days of protests that have been ripping Egypt apart.  I’ve been following the story, loosely meaning that while at the gym I’d watch CNN and I’d read the Times (from my new Nookcolor) […]

What has the world come to?

Posted by: erika on: January 10, 2011

  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq38Nnf4pOw] Like many Americans, Jews and non-Jews alike, I’m still reeling from last week’s Tuscon gunfire, murder, and attempted murder on Congresswoman Gifford.  I try to think back to election night when I sat in a bar with hundreds of strangers who actually took the time to look one another in the eyes.  Strangers hugged […]

Vlog-Asking for Forgiveness

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2010


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