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Go Fund Me?

Posted by: erika on: May 17, 2016

This is the last post I will write about my upcoming learning trip to Israel and my Go Fund Me Campaign. Afterwards, just my own thoughts about life and Judaism and anticipating going back to Israel. So while I have you, assuming you’re still reading, I will take this moment to plead, beg, encourage, ask […]

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 […]


Posted by: erika on: October 19, 2012

Boredom. Uninspired. Lost. Unmotivated. Empty. Those are things I felt after Rosh Hashanah. I lamented to my Rosh Chodesh group and when the words left my lips, thoughts I hadn’t voiced to anyone let alone a group of virtual strangers, (it was my first meeting)I felt a rush of emotions. I felt guilt and relief […]

Ask Erika: Orthodox? Reform? Conservative? Just Jewish.

Posted by: erika on: August 29, 2012

Receiving e-mails from you is one of the best things of this “job”. I don’t, in any way, consider myself an expert in conversion or Judaism. I started writing this blog to get my thoughts about conversion, Judaism, race, identity, etc. out of my head and into a safe space. I hoped that people would […]

It’s Time to Buckle Down

Posted by: erika on: April 25, 2012

For the past few months I’ve been floating between one particular synagogue.  I say floating because I actually haven’t been to service in well-over a month.  Mainly because of the deep depression I was in (unemployed for 6mos), partially because it’s still a schlep from my house (why are there zero liberal synagogues in BedStuy?), […]

What Does a Jew Look Like?

Posted by: erika on: March 22, 2012

What does a Jew look like? Answer: like anyone you might see on the street. Whatever ethnicity, whatever denomination, a Jew is someone who calls themselves a Jew. Saying that someone does or does not “look like a Jew” is inaccurate, stereotyping, and downright offensive, and in fact stems from anti-Semitic propaganda. This blog is […]

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: erika on: January 27, 2012

Working prayer into my life in a meaningful way has been difficult.  I struggle with the idea of formalized prayers with prescribed words and informal prayers that come from the heart every day.  I think that structure and tradition has its place, but I wonder how they can remain meaningful when they are rushed through for the […]

Hey, How Are You?

Posted by: erika on: December 29, 2011

I realized I haven’t done a hey, how are you-post in a long while.  I’m going to give ya’ll an update on what’s going on in my life and in my Jewish life and then you should post a comment that says hi how are you too, okay? Israel. Word cannot express how wonderful my […]

New Year, Old Resolutions

Posted by: erika on: December 28, 2011

I’ve read several blog posts and articles on various websites this year about Christmakkah: Christmas vs. Hanukkah.  Christmas Tree vs. Hanukkah Bush.  You can’t celebrate both, you can celebrate both.  I’ve read the majority of these articles and watched the dust fly on Facebook and Twitter, but mainly kept my arguments to the validity of latkes as […]

“Latkes” Clarified.

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2011

Whoa, folks are really attached to Latkes.  Again, I get it.  They’re delicious.  I used latkes as a symbol of what is and is not considered “Jewish”.  Latkes are a part of normative Jewish culture for most American Jews, but not all Jews.  My point with my latke post was to say that Jewish culture […]

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