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Back with a Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: March 18, 2013

I promise to start blogging again more regularly after Pesach. Until then, some thoughts on the situation with the YU rabbi. From the Jewish Daily Forward: I am lucky to have never heard the word nigger used towards me. As a black woman in the United States this is rare, even rarer since I spent […]

Mixed Mulitudes on Pesach

Posted by: erika on: March 29, 2012

Written for the Pursue blog The other day I had an interesting conversation with one of my friends about Passover. She’d just received an invitation to attend the seder of a perfect stranger—well, almost a perfect stranger. During a business interaction, my friend’s client, who is an identifiable Orthodox Jewish woman, noticed my friend, somewhat […]

Let All Who Are Hungry Eat!

Posted by: erika on: March 25, 2012

The past few weeks seemed to have sped by at lightening pace.  Some how I find myself eleven days away from Passover and quite honestly unprepared.  Yes, I’ve started to remove the chametz from my home, I did an initial deep clean, I’ve pestered people who haven’t yet RSVPed to my seder and am putting […]

Happy Spring!

Posted by: erika on: March 20, 2012

Today is the first official day of spring, though for New Yorkers it’s as if we went from fall directly into spring.  With only two snow falls this year, a 60 degree day on January 1st and today’s highs reaching for the 70s I’m beginning to think that I live in San Francisco and not […]

What to Expect at a Seder

Posted by: erika on: March 16, 2012

Disclaimer:  I am, in no way shape or form an expert on Judaism.  There are a wide variety of resources for Jewish thought, holidays, traditions.  I’m just one Jewish woman sharing my thoughts and reflections on my personal experiences.  This post does not reflect what you will find at the most traditional Pesach Seders.  If […]

Remembering the Little Blessings

Posted by: erika on: March 12, 2012

מוֹדֶה (מוֹדָה) אֲנִי לְפָנֶֽיךָ מֶֽלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּים. שֶׁהֶֽחֱזַֽרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמֽוּנָתֶֽךָ Modeh ani lifanekha melekh ḥai v’kayam sheheḥezarta bi nishmahti b’ḥemlah, rabah emunatekha. I offer thanks before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great. According to tradition, as soon as you open […]

Pesach Panic-ish

Posted by: erika on: February 25, 2012

I can’t believe that I’m writing this, but Pesach is FIVE WEEKS AWAY!  This year will be my second Passover and while I’m by no means an expert at hosting a seder, I can thankfully say that I know what to expect. As I sit with my partner smoking hookah and recalling last year’s Pesach […]


Posted by: erika on: April 20, 2011

According to Google translation  נשימה means breath…And that’s what I’m doing right now, breathing a sign of relief.  Pesach Preparations are over.  Our Seder HUGE success and So Much Fun. I’m still recovering from the past two nights but I will say that Pesach did, indeed, trump Purim. First Night Mirs and I woke up fairly early to start […]

Do We Ever Really Get Rid of all of the Chametz?

Posted by: erika on: April 17, 2011

Rabbi K. encouraged us to get on our hands and knees to scrub our floors this week.  She said even if we were traveling for Pesach, and therefore wouldn’t need to clear our home of chametz, that we needed to get on our hands and knees and clean.  She’s the most passionate speaker I’ve had the pleasure […]

Just a little peek into my Pesach Planning

Posted by: erika on: April 16, 2011

To Do List. 1. Get Table and Chairs (Sunday before) 2. Grocery Shopping-make a grocery list.. i can start getting some stuff. 3.  Make copies of Haggadot 4.  Edit Haggadah 5.     Game Plan    Friday-Buying Plates and silverware from FE  / Table Ordered and Delivery Set for Sunday Saturday-Fresh Direct Shopping-Farmer’s Market Shopping […]

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