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Rosh Hashanah Baby

Posted by: erika on: September 24, 2013

A few days before I left for Isabella Freedman for the Ride I had the most vivid dream-My 1st Doula Mama was in labor! I woke up with a start and looked over at my phone (which was on vibrate but I slept through) she’d  text messaged me contraction times. As I looked at her text, […]

High Holiday Guide

Posted by: erika on: August 30, 2013

After writing the piece on The Sisterhood about the sometimes woes that new Jews sometimes feel on the High Holidays, I decided to compile a list of welcoming, inclusive synagogues in and around the NY Area. I hoped to have a mightier list, but alas, this is what happens when you plan something at the […]

What To Expect During the High Holidays

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2012

These “What To Expect” posts are always inspired by people in my life, many who are on the same path I recently completed-converting to Judaism. I was recently asked what the High Holidays were like and was sort of stumped for an answer. I started and re-started this post and as you can see towards […]

Ask Erika: Nailing Down a rabbi during the Chaggim

Posted by: erika on: August 30, 2012

The chaggim are a particularly interesting time of year for rabbis who are extremely busy gearing up for the busiest time of year. Catching and holding their attention is not only hard, it’s close to impossible. Yet, it was right before the High Holidays in 2010 when I first approached a rabbi about my desire […]

Rosh Hashanah Reflections( הנני) I am Here.

Posted by: erika on: October 2, 2011

Shanah Tovah!  Shavua Tov!  Happy New Year! We’re currently in the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The Book of Life is open and Jews around the world are praying that their name is inscribed within its pages.  Rosh Hashanah started as a stressful, guilt-ridden holiday for me this year.  I still find […]

Posting on Erev Rosh Hashanah?

Posted by: erika on: September 28, 2011

Indeed.  A few new-Jew fails as we close out this year.  Last year, if you remember I’d secured my High Holy Daytickets way in advance.  This year, I was focused on trying to get to Israel and sort of kind of forgot to get High Holy Day tickets for Rosh Hashanah.  I do, however, have […]

Jewish Holiday Season

Posted by: erika on: September 25, 2011

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I suppose I shouldn’t start a post about Jewish holidays with Johnny Mathis’ famous Christmas song for a title but it’s in my head, but what can I say-it is the most wonderful time of the year.  Sure we have to make certain that our name is written in the […]

“Pushing forward and arching back…”

Posted by: erika on: September 23, 2011

Today is the last Shabbat of the year.  When I read that on one of my friend’s Facebook page a few minutes ago I couldn’t believe it.  Sure, I know that Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner, but I didn’t realize that it was so close.  I’ve been completely wrapped up in Israel and […]

Shofar Blowing 101

Posted by: erika on: September 15, 2011

Last year a friend of mine was heading back home to Israel for a visit.  Knowing that I was considering Judaism, she asked if she could bring me something from the Holy Land.  I thought about it, and asked for a shofar.  Dorin got back from Israel and maybe 7 months later I met my […]


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