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Question: Why is it so Hard to Find Brown Actors?

Posted by: erika on: November 14, 2013

Answer- It’s not. Noah, a new epic starring Russell Crowe as the man in the ark, is slated for release in late March 2014. And while the trailer looks awesome and I’m definitely going to see it, I can’t help but notice how fricking white everyone is. I’m not a militant black person. I’m not […]

Jewish Geography Project:Toldot

Posted by: erika on: November 2, 2013

This week’s parasha is Toldot-when Esau sells his birthright to his brother, Jacob. Isaac and his family have still remained for quite some time in the land. Chapter 26 1 There was a famine in the land-aside from the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham-and Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the […]

Jewish Geography Project: Chayei Sara

Posted by: erika on: November 1, 2013

Genesis 23.1-25.18 This translation was taken from the JPS Tanakh Chapter 23 …2 Sarah died in Kiriath-arba-now Hebron-in the land of Canaan; and Abraham proceeded to mourn for Sarah and to bewail her. 3 Then Abraham rose from beside his dead, and spoke to the Hittites, saying, 4 “I am a resident alien among you; sell me a burial site […]

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 […]

Jewish Geography Project: Lekh Lekha

Posted by: erika on: October 10, 2013

And the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.                       א. וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל אַבְרָם לֶךְ לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ: Go forth: Heb. לֶךְ לְךָ, lit. go to you, for your […]

Jewish Geography Project: Noah

Posted by: erika on: October 4, 2013

“…so that in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” Bere’shit 8:4 “In Syrian tradition, as well as in Quranic tradition, the specific summit of the “Mountains of Ararat” where Noah’s ark landed is identified as Mount Judi in what is today Şırnak Province, Southeastern Anatolia Region, Turkey. In the Armenian tradition and Western Christianity, […]

Jewish Geography Project: Bereshit

Posted by: erika on: October 3, 2013

Last June I started the Jewish Geography Project and it sort of fizzled away. This year, I am committed to working on it and, well, damn I’m already a parasha (Torah portion) behind. I realized, going back, that I forgot a few key identifiers in the first go around so decided to start fresh with […]

Jewish Geography Project-Lekh Lekha

Posted by: erika on: October 22, 2012

Lekh Lekha, Genesis Chapters 12:1-17:27, is one of the most pivotal texts in the Torah. It’s the text in which Gd speaks to Abram and tells him to go into the wilderness to the land that He will show. It is this passage that is at the crux of the dispute between Muslims, Jews and […]

The Jewish Geography Project Round Two

Posted by: erika on: July 2, 2012

Welcome back to The Jewish Geography Project! The past few weeks has been pretty amazing. I wrote articles for two prominent Jewish online publications and interviewed with two international media outlets. I’ve been talking about race, racism and the Jewish people and try as I might, I sometimes give into the temptation and read the […]

The Jewish Geography Project

Posted by: erika on: June 21, 2012

Not the kind you’re thinking of.  Real geography.  Go take out a map of the world and a copy of the Tanakh and let’s play! Each week I’m going to go through the Tanakh, page by page until I come to a land mass, mention of a land, or mention of a geographical feature.  I’ll […]


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