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First He Came for the Muslims

Posted by: erika on: November 17, 2016

Yesterday the Huffington Post reported that drumpf is considering registering Muslims. Hell, no. Fuck, no. Not this time, mother fucker! Not today, Satan, not today. drumpf spent his entire campaign promising to build a wall to “secure our boarders”, he promised to prevent all Muslims from entering our country, he promised to register Muslims living in […]

Your Safety Pin Can’t Be Your Only Action

Posted by: erika on: November 14, 2016

Since the election the British “safety pin movement” has take roots in the United States, and for some folks it feels like the wrong move. Some news sources are saying that it’s a silent protest of drumf, others are saying that it’s meant to show marginalized people that the wearer is an ally, some are […]

Yes, All White People

Posted by: erika on: November 12, 2016

Dear White People, Yes, all of you. I need you to do something. I need you to sit in your discomfort of this black woman saying that you (yes, you) are going to be okay. In your white skin you can and have lived with a world of privilege. You can walk down the street […]

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 […]

We Will Not Be Silenced

Posted by: erika on: June 13, 2016

I get NYT updates on my phone and like anyone else who gets these updates, was started to read that 20 LGBTQ folks had been killed at a nightclub in Orlando. I read the article by the light of my phone and the bits of sunlight that had started to stream into our bedroom. As […]

Welcome to Arizona, Unless You’re Gay (or appear to be)…

Posted by: erika on: February 20, 2014

…or you’re black or brown or another non-white variant. Please don’t come if you’re a white person who is married to someone who isn’t white. Or if you wear something on your head for religious purposes, or G-d forbid, you wear something on your face for religious purposes. Please don’t speak a language other than […]

Do LGBTQ Celebs “Owe” Us?

Posted by: erika on: January 14, 2013

Last night Jodie Foster came out at the Golden Globe Awards. This, of course is nothing new to the world and as she said in her speech, it’s nothing new to people who know her. She spoke from the heart, and in circles a bit, but she emphasized the need for privacy, the desire to keep her private […]

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 […]

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 […]


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