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Yom Kippur-The Best Holiday Yet?

Posted by: erika on: September 30, 2013

I know what you’re thinking. How can Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, the day of chest thumping, the day of the endless synagogue service, the day with out food, without water where we dress in the same sack cloths we should be buried in, how can that day be the best holiday yet? Two […]

Erika Davis and the Totally Awesome Chag

Posted by: erika on: September 23, 2013

We’re 2.5 holidays in with one more to go and I’m so happy! I gotta tell you, guys. I haven’t felt this jazzed, inspired, awed and so moved by Judaism in a whole year. You may have noticed that sometime around Rosh Hashanah last year I sort of stopped blogging frequently. My normally inward thinking, reflective […]

High Holiday Guide

Posted by: erika on: August 30, 2013

After writing the piece on The Sisterhood about the sometimes woes that new Jews sometimes feel on the High Holidays, I decided to compile a list of welcoming, inclusive synagogues in and around the NY Area. I hoped to have a mightier list, but alas, this is what happens when you plan something at the […]

1st of Elul, 5773 Rosh Chodesh Elul

Posted by: erika on: August 7, 2013

Today is the first of Elul. I’ve been asking on Twitter and Facebook for what Elul conjures or brings up for people and have gotten a wide variety of awesome responses. What does Elul mean for you?

What To Expect During the High Holidays

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2012

These “What To Expect” posts are always inspired by people in my life, many who are on the same path I recently completed-converting to Judaism. I was recently asked what the High Holidays were like and was sort of stumped for an answer. I started and re-started this post and as you can see towards […]

What Are Your Rosh Hashanah Plans?

Posted by: erika on: September 11, 2012

Last year Miriam and I hosted Rosh Hashanah dinner for about 15 friends. We dipped glittered apples in honey and ate a lot of dried fruits and welcomed in the New Year with friends. Hosting people in our home for holidays and Shabbat is one of my favorite things, but it’s exhausting. It’s that kind […]

Ask Erika: Nailing Down a rabbi during the Chaggim

Posted by: erika on: August 30, 2012

The chaggim are a particularly interesting time of year for rabbis who are extremely busy gearing up for the busiest time of year. Catching and holding their attention is not only hard, it’s close to impossible. Yet, it was right before the High Holidays in 2010 when I first approached a rabbi about my desire […]

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 […]

Rosh Hashanah Reflections( הנני) I am Here.

Posted by: erika on: October 2, 2011

Shanah Tovah!  Shavua Tov!  Happy New Year! We’re currently in the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The Book of Life is open and Jews around the world are praying that their name is inscribed within its pages.  Rosh Hashanah started as a stressful, guilt-ridden holiday for me this year.  I still find […]

Posting on Erev Rosh Hashanah?

Posted by: erika on: September 28, 2011

Indeed.  A few new-Jew fails as we close out this year.  Last year, if you remember I’d secured my High Holy Daytickets way in advance.  This year, I was focused on trying to get to Israel and sort of kind of forgot to get High Holy Day tickets for Rosh Hashanah.  I do, however, have […]


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