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Jewish Holiday Season

Posted by: erika on: September 25, 2011

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I suppose I shouldn’t start a post about Jewish holidays with Johnny Mathis’ famous Christmas song for a title but it’s in my head, but what can I say-it is the most wonderful time of the year.  Sure we have to make certain that our name is written in the […]

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 […]

7 Deadly Sins, well only 3

Posted by: erika on: September 1, 2011

Sloth.  Envy. Gluttony. Sloth. Since I lost my job in mid-June I’ve gotten up between 9-11 AM every morning.  After drinking a half pot of French Press Coffee I would hunker down to my computer and submit my cover letter and resume to no less than 10 organizations.  I would scour Craigslist, JewishJobs.com, Indeed, Idealist, […]

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 […]

Vlog-Asking for Forgiveness

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2010


Shana Tovah!

Posted by: erika on: September 8, 2010

Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashanah, or Rosh Hashanah Eve and it is the start of a lot of things for me.  First and foremost, it’s the beginning of my year of observing kashrut, or Kosher dietary laws.  My style of kosher will definitely not be “kosher” in that there are many things that I cannot functionally […]

…and am the new owner of an Israeli shofar, coming from a a friend who’s currently in Israel.  I also received all 7 of the books I ordered on Amazon including my new favorite cookbook, “Aromas of Aleppo-The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews”  by Poopa Dweck.   All in all, a great day yesterday!  Let me rewind; […]

Am I a Conservative Jew?

Posted by: erika on: August 15, 2010

M seems to think so so I did some more researching.  I’m not going to lie, there’s something a bit off-putting when I hear the word Conservative.  I know that the Conservative that main-stream society thinks of and Conservative Judaism are different but the word itself has definite negative connotations at times.  For instance, I started with […]


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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