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Eight Nights of Hanukkah:2 for 1-Punk Jews and Let’s Eat!

Posted by: erika on: December 12, 2012

I missed last night…I barely lit candles (had to blow them out). It was a crazy-long day that ended all the way up on the Upper West Side to watch a movie about Jews, what else? The movie in question, Punk Jews, is an hour-long look into the lives of Jews who live “on the […]

Merging my Black Southern Jewishness…on a Plate

Posted by: erika on: September 7, 2012

Black-eyed peas, collard greens and corn bread on January 1st were a staple in my home. My mother, a North Carolinian born in the south, raised in the north and still in the Midwest made sure that we ate a full plate of the beans and stewed greens. She said they’d bring us wealth and […]

A week of cross-posting

Posted by: erika on: July 6, 2012

Going through a bit of personal stuff. No worries, M and I are doing well and my family is doing well, overall. Simply the ups and downs of having addiction wreak havoc in a family. Prayers of patience, understanding, and strength are greatly appreciated. I hope to be feeling motivated to write more in the […]

In Which I Exploit My Blog for Work

Posted by: erika on: May 24, 2012

Remember last year this time when I’d just lost my job?  It was the pits.  It was probably the hardest period of my life and somehow I made it through.  B”H I work for an amazing Jewish environmental organization called Hazon.  Hazon lines up with so many of my values and beliefs in terms of […]

What to Expect at a Seder

Posted by: erika on: March 16, 2012

Disclaimer:  I am, in no way shape or form an expert on Judaism.  There are a wide variety of resources for Jewish thought, holidays, traditions.  I’m just one Jewish woman sharing my thoughts and reflections on my personal experiences.  This post does not reflect what you will find at the most traditional Pesach Seders.  If […]

Gefilteria Launch Party

Posted by: erika on: March 9, 2012

This was originally posted on Jewcy.com Last Pesach, I was invited to my first seder at the home of one of The Gefilteria’s founders, Liz Alpern, and once again I came face-to-face with gefilte fish. It looked different than the stuff in the jar, but I was still unsure of the piece of food on […]

Dear Ashkenazi Food,

Posted by: erika on: February 16, 2012

I’m sorry. I’m sorry that whenever I read The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden that I skip your section and go straight for the Sephardic Food. I’m sorry that I don’t pick up Jewish cook books if the book is only filled with you  I’m sorry that I have written you off as gross, inedible […]

Latkes are Not Jewish

Posted by: erika on: December 17, 2011

I’m sorry, they’re not.  They’re European. I love latkes.  They’re one of my favorite indulgences.  What’s not to love about fried potatoes topped with sour cream?  It’s perfection in a greasy, wonderful, crispy dish.  Thing is, I had them back in Ohio at a Polish joint and they were just called Potato Pancakes, ’cause that’s […]

Is Keeping Kosher Relevant?

Posted by: erika on: September 6, 2011

It is clear by this post heading that I am not currently keeping kosher.  It is something that I’ve struggled with for over a year and something I do not yet have reconciliation for.  Relevant is a difficult term for me to wrestle with because the meaning isn’t, unfortunately as cut and dry as it […]

Kosher That Works For Me

Posted by: erika on: April 28, 2011

In conversion class we’re studying Jewish Texts; Talmud, Mishnah, Torah, etc.  Chatting about “putting a fence around the Torah” inevitably turned into a discussion on kashrut, that caused us to run late (again).  I challenged Rabbi K. about why she makes the decision to keep kosher; why eat only kosher foods when she could eat organic […]


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