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So, How Was Israel?

Posted by: erika on: August 8, 2016

This is a question I’ve been asked for the past two weeks, and it makes sense. I did just spend an entire month funding for my trip to Israel and then almost one month in the country. Folks want to know. What did I do, where did I go? Did I engage in the conflict? […]

Travel bLog #8 – Coming Down

Posted by: erika on: July 25, 2016

As much as I consider myself to be a kind, loving, caring, giving person, I have a tendency to push people away. This usually happens when I know something they don’t know that may or may not be good or bad for them, when a hard decision needs to be made, or when I come […]

Travel bLog #7 – Scribe Life

Posted by: erika on: July 23, 2016

I’m not sure if it’s purposeful, but after two weeks of study it’s nice to see ways in which the classes that I’m taking overlap with one another. Scribal Arts, a sort of elective, is only given twice a week and I had to pay extra money to take it. Taking a step back and […]

Travel bLog Entry #5 – The Joys of Jewish Study

Posted by: erika on: July 19, 2016

Because of my limited Hebrew skills I’m limited in the classes that I can take at Pardes. So instead of pouring over a line in a tractate of Talmud word by word with a Hebrew/English dictionary, I get to spend my morning sessions talking about the Matriarchs and Patriarchs of Judaism (and I would argue […]

Will YOU Invest in Jewish Diversity Leadership?

Posted by: erika on: June 30, 2016

In FIVE DAYS I will be boarding a flight to Israel to spend three weeks at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies for their Summer Learning Intensive. I cannot begin to explain to ya’ll how excited I am about this endeavor. I’m thrilled to be doing some serious Jewish learning. I’m excited about living in […]

Heading (Back) to Israel

Posted by: erika on: June 20, 2016

In less than two weeks I will be going back to the Holy Land. A land that is holy to so many people and religious traditions and a land that is holy for me in my Jewish self and me in my Christian past. When I was home recently I listened to a lot of […]

Meanwhile…

Posted by: erika on: August 4, 2014

I think of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as three rivers. If you are on either of the three, you run into some good spots and some rough currents. You sometimes float down lazily just to get to a stretch of water seemingly impossible to traverse. The three rivers run separately, of course. But, if you […]

Jewish Geography Project:Va-Yera (Playing Catch Up)

Posted by: erika on: October 24, 2013

Va-Yera Genesis 18:1 – 22:24 This translation was taken from the JPS Tanakh Chapter 20 1 Abraham journeyed from there to the region of the Negeb and settled between Kadesh and Shur. ld of Abimelech because of Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Chapter 21 1 The Lord took note of Sarah as He had promised, and […]

All You Need is Love

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2012

Last year on September 10th Christian extremist, Terry Jones, showed up in Time Square wearing a shirt that read, “Everything I need to learn about Islam I learned on 9/11”. In a video just released by the New York Times yesterday passersby drowned out Jones’ hateful rhetoric by singing the Beatles Hit, “All You Need […]

Prayer for the Children of Abraham / Ibrahim

Posted by: erika on: November 21, 2012

From one of my favorite Rabbis, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat aka The Velveteen Rabbi Prayer for the Children of Abraham / Ibrahim For every aspiring ballerina huddled scared in a basement bomb shelter For every toddler in his mother’s arms     behind rubble of concrete and rebar For every child who’s learned to distinguish “our” bombs […]


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