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Can you be a “normal” person and be religious? This is a question I’ve been rolling around in my head for sometime that is now being asked much more loudly since my return from Israel and studying at Pardes. Tomorrow makes one week exactly since I’ve been back in the U.S and my heartache for Jerusalem […]

My new BFF

Posted by: erika on: May 21, 2012

On Wednesday night I interviewed Yitz Jordan, aka Y-Love for Jewcy.com. From Jewy.com:  “Hip hop artist Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan is more committed than ever to his Judaism. “Just because I came out doesn’t mean that I’ll start eating bread on Pesach or won’t observe the holidays,” Jordan explained passionately. “What does one have to do […]

Yet another Black Gay Jew!

Posted by: erika on: May 15, 2012

A while back I heard something that I wanted to shout from the rooftops.  A dear friend of mine mentioned in passing that she’d seen my favorite black Jewish rapper, Y-Love, rockin’ out at a gay bar.  My eyebrows shot up and a smile spread across my face just as quickly as she told me […]

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.       […]

Goldie Goldbloom-The Interview

Posted by: erika on: June 6, 2011

Several weeks ago I recived a call from Goldie Goldbloom.  We’d been talking via e-mail for a few weeks before hand and I’d prepared the interview.  I felt confident but was a little nervous when I saw the foreign number on my caller ID. When I picked up the phone I was pleasantly suprised to […]

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 […]


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