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The Kosher Cheating Curve

Posted by: erika on: July 10, 2012

If no one is around to watch you eat that piece of bacon, did it ever really happen? This weekend I’ll be traveling to Maine with my lovely partner and a couple of friends. I’m looking forward to getting out of the city, feeling very Dixie Chicks and hoping to look for miles and not […]

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 […]

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 […]

You Just Gotta Laugh

Posted by: erika on: April 25, 2011

Have ya’ll read the ranting that happened over my Jewcy post?  It’s pretty funny and got a bit more funny today.  I thought about putting up another reply to this person who clearly doesn’t like Erika Davis but then, I re-read what he’s already written and literally laughed out loud.  Seriously, guy? Anyhoo, thought it was […]

How do you Jew?

Posted by: erika on: March 3, 2011

I’m well, how do you Jew? Hahaha!  Okay, bad joke but I thought it was pretty funny in a really corny way.  I was sitting on the subway early this morning leaving Mirs’ doing what I normally do on the subway-Praying.  I don’t know why I’ve taken to doing it on the subway, it’s not exactly […]

Pesach Panic

Posted by: erika on: February 26, 2011

Just in case you’re counting there are 51 days until Passover.  Yup, 51 days to get all of your Pesach preparations complete.  A while back one of my readers, Dena, told me that she was already getting stressed about Pesach preparations.  I sort of shrugged her off with the booze and festivities of Purim in […]

Challah and Matzo Balls

Posted by: erika on: November 19, 2010

Two things that are synonymous with Jews and Kosher-style Delis.  Every Friday night we make our way to Avenue J(ew) to buy our Shabbat supplies; Challah and wine.  This week we added one Kosher Chicken, a bunch of herbs, and a menorah and Hanukkah candles.  The Chicken and herbs are for the Matzo Ball Soup recipe that […]

I fell off the Kosher Wagon

Posted by: erika on: October 10, 2010

I’ve never been an addict, though addiction runs in my family.  Since I’ve never been an addict, I’ve never been to any meetings for addicts.  I do, though, feel like telling the missteps will allow me to feel better and just come clean so that’s what I intend to do right now.  My birthday was […]

The Joy of Torah

Posted by: erika on: September 29, 2010

Simchat Torah, or the Joy of the Torah, is the last Holiday in this time of year I’ve dubbed-Jewish Holiday Season.  The season that started with Rosh Hashanah concludes with Simchat Torah, when Jews celebrate the completion of another year’s reading of the Torah.  Every book that I’ve read about Simchat Torah describes a joyous occasion in which the […]

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