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MikvahVersary-And a New Name!

Posted by: erika on: August 17, 2016

Five years ago today I became a Jew. It seems like forever ago and like I’ve been Jewish my whole life. I have fond memories of Christmas, enjoyed getting new Cabbage Patch dolls for Easter, Jesus is alright with me, but being Jewish fills my neshema, my soul. It’s who I am and it’s hard […]

So, How Was Israel?

Posted by: erika on: August 8, 2016

This is a question I’ve been asked for the past two weeks, and it makes sense. I did just spend an entire month funding for my trip to Israel and then almost one month in the country. Folks want to know. What did I do, where did I go? Did I engage in the conflict? […]

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 […]

Erika Davis and the Totally Awesome Chag

Posted by: erika on: September 23, 2013

We’re 2.5 holidays in with one more to go and I’m so happy! I gotta tell you, guys. I haven’t felt this jazzed, inspired, awed and so moved by Judaism in a whole year. You may have noticed that sometime around Rosh Hashanah last year I sort of stopped blogging frequently. My normally inward thinking, reflective […]

Since When Did We Start Hating-on Our Own?

Posted by: erika on: January 23, 2012

Last night I did something I didn’t think I’d ever do.  It was against my better judgement, something I’ve avoided for over a year.  It just…happened.  I watched Sex and the City 2**.  As a card-carrying member of the Sex and the City obsession club I’d been adamantly opposed to either movie.  I was ticked […]

What Are You Thankful For Today?

Posted by: erika on: September 21, 2011

My good buddy Noah Aronson is celebrating a birthday today.  Along with my wonderful mother and about 3 other friends.  September 21st is apparently a popular birth date for friends and family.  It’s no secret that I have a bit of a man-crush on Noah.  The definition of a man-crush, in this lesbian’s opinion, is […]

What do the UK, California, and NYC have in Common?

Posted by: erika on: September 18, 2011

Give up?  They’re places that I’ve received donations from folks. It’s been 6 days since I first posted about my Israel Trip and the need for donations for the flight.  23 donations later and I’m at a loss for words and overwhelmed by the wonderful generosity of people.  It’s beyond comprehension and I’m flabbergasted every […]

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