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Travel bLog #6 – The Joys of Jewish Study?

Posted by: erika on: July 21, 2016

***WARNING: BABBLING STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS AHEAD!!***     I’m in a really weird, intense, intimate, mentally, spiritually, physically exhausted place. Learning Torah, Talmud, Midrash, Gemara, Halacha for 7 hours a day 5 days a week is beyond. The first week at Pardes I found myself on the brink of tears on many occasions. And now, […]

We Will Not Hide

Posted by: erika on: June 24, 2016

Last year the United States Supreme Court ruled that love is love. And while Marriage Equality is only one step in a long marathon of rights that LGBTQ people not only need but deserve as citizens of the United States, it was a big step. I remember feeling elated. I cried. I hugged and kissed […]

Not So Special

Posted by: erika on: December 3, 2014

There’s something quite precious about naivety. There’s an innocence that sometimes boarders on delusion, but it’s sweet. Well, that’s at least how I like to think about my own naivety in relation to becoming Jewish. I had so many questions; first and foremost was how I, a black, gay woman, could be a Jew. I […]

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 […]

Manic Monday

Posted by: erika on: June 25, 2012

It’s a bit of a crazy day. It’s raining in NYC again after glorious weekend weather the skies opened up this morning just as Miriam and I were heading to the train.  We huddled under her blue umbrella as it literally started to pour.  Her left side and my right side were completely soaked through, […]

Why I do What I do

Posted by: erika on: June 21, 2012

Aliza Hausman, a Dominican-American Jewish woman, cyber-friend (hopefully real-live friend) and activist asked a question that I’ve been thinking about for a few days.  She asked, “if we stop saying it, then where will we be, where will our children and grandchildren be?” She was commenting on a recent post I wrote about race/racism and […]

Guess What?! There are Non-White Jews in NYC!

Posted by: erika on: June 12, 2012

No shit. “The Israelites journeyed from from Raamses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on food, aside from children.  Moreover, a mixed multitude went up with them”-Exodus 12:37-38 I sound like a broken record, but clearly the lessons of history, of Torah, of geography and human migration needs to be continually told and re-learned. […]

Gender, Privilege and The Kotel (Western Wall)

Posted by: erika on: May 23, 2012

As you may have heard a few women were detained at the Kotel (Western Wall) this week.  They were praying in tallit, a prayer shawl some deem as male-only attire. When I was leaving Israel going through the “normal” shuffling of my items with the folks as Passport control an agent pulled my tallit bag […]

My Big Jewish Idea

Posted by: erika on: October 26, 2011

I’ve hinted at it for a while and I’ve told a few people, including my favorite rabbi.  After thinking hard about it, I’ve decided to share because maybe you know the right people.  Maybe you know a space we could gather or have an idea for someone who wants to sit on a panel.  Last […]

Help Send Me to Israel!

Posted by: erika on: September 12, 2011

Today has been a day of ups and ups!  I won’t delay any further and just get to it.  I received an e-mail this afternoon informing me that the scholarship I recently applied to for a trip to Israel was mine!  $2500 in total for a 10 day trip to Israel!  As you know, I […]


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