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My Big Jewish Idea

Posted by: erika on: October 26, 2011

I’ve hinted at it for a while and I’ve told a few people, including my favorite rabbi.  After thinking hard about it, I’ve decided to share because maybe you know the right people.  Maybe you know a space we could gather or have an idea for someone who wants to sit on a panel.  Last […]

When People Use Torah as a Weapon

Posted by: erika on: July 26, 2011

Leviticus is one of my least favorite chapters of Torah.  It’s long, it’s detailed, it’s barbaric, it’s where most bigoted people of “faith” find reasoning to hate LGBTQ people.  A lot of Jewish law is found in Leviticus; kosher laws, Temple laws, law and order.  It can all be found in Leviticus.       […]

I <3 Shabbat

Posted by: erika on: May 29, 2011

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space.  Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to the holiness in time.” I looked forward to Friday every day last week.  I had the day off, I had a […]

Never, ever read the comments…

Posted by: erika on: May 25, 2011

I always have to remind myself that.  Lucky for me, I screen comments that come along and all of you frequent commenters are amazing.  I still get a little pit in my stomach when I see a new comment alert on my Blackberry until I recognize the name and the pit fades away. Yesterday the Conservative […]

Harvey Milk Day

Posted by: erika on: May 22, 2011

I have something to admit.   Before the Harvey Milk movie I didn’t know who Harvey Milk was.  In the talk I gave for Be’chol Lashon I said that being gay is a “white man’s disease.”  Before you go writing comments that won’t get approved, hear me out.  In the black community that I grew up with there were […]

I’m here, I swear.

Posted by: erika on: May 19, 2011

Just a little busy.  Okay, I lied.  I’m having WICKED writer’s block.  More accurately, though just an inability to stop whining about what I don’t have (my memoir finished, a good pitch, etc.) and focus on all of the really great stuff happening in my life. Monday Mirs and I traveled to the mystical borough […]

Schmekel-The Interview

Posted by: erika on: May 10, 2011

I’ve been hinting at it for weeks and finally it’s done.  A few weeks ago I sat down for pierogies and beers with 3 of the 4 members of Schmekel, a Trans Jewish band out of Brooklyn, NY.  Ricky, Nogga, and Simcha met my partner and I in the East Village to talk about being […]


Posted by: erika on: May 4, 2011

The last few days have been really Jewish and really gay.  I just got home from an amazing dinner date/interview with the lead singer for the group Schmekel, a Trans Jewish punk band.  My interview with them should be done by Sunday and hopefully will go live on Monday.  I got word from the editor […]

Shabbat Post

Posted by: erika on: April 29, 2011

Shabbat Shalom, ya’ll! I just got home from work 11PM and lit my Shabbat candles hours after sundown.  I’ll have to blow them out, to avoid a possible fire, and Shabbat has already started but it felt good to come home and light candles in my apartment.  This will be a quick post because it’s […]


Posted by: erika on: April 20, 2011

According to Google translation  נשימה means breath…And that’s what I’m doing right now, breathing a sign of relief.  Pesach Preparations are over.  Our Seder HUGE success and So Much Fun. I’m still recovering from the past two nights but I will say that Pesach did, indeed, trump Purim. First Night Mirs and I woke up fairly early to start […]

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