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Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: erika on: February 17, 2012

It’s been a really great week on the blog.  Thank you to everyone who continues to support me by sending comments, sending e-mails and spreading the word.  I thought that becoming Jewish would be the hurdle when in fact it is creating changes in the Jewish community that are impactful and meaningful that is the […]

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: erika on: January 27, 2012

Working prayer into my life in a meaningful way has been difficult.  I struggle with the idea of formalized prayers with prescribed words and informal prayers that come from the heart every day.  I think that structure and tradition has its place, but I wonder how they can remain meaningful when they are rushed through for 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 […]

“…Shabbat’s gonna be a good, good night…”

Posted by: erika on: September 9, 2011

In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge nerd, bordering on dorky.  I can’t help it, nerds are cute.  Not to mention incredibly smart.  So my nerd moment is that almost every Shabbat this song sneaks into my head and I get super (duper) excited for Shabbat.  For some reason my early morning Shabbat preparations […]

Shabbat Shalom

Posted by: erika on: September 2, 2011

Good morning, readers-A few house keeping details to get out of the way first. I have a post on Jewcy.com about feeling like a fish out of water as a New Jew without a synagogue home.  I got a really sweet e-mail from a reader who suggested that I commit to a congregation knowing that […]

It’s really happening.  In 19 18days I will join the covenant of the Jewish people.  Let me just say it-it’s a bit scary but, at least I’m not a man   All joking aside, it’s becoming so real and I’m having all sorts of panic and anxiety.  Not about my fate of Becoming Jewish, but of what happens […]

I’m Back

Posted by: erika on: July 5, 2011

I just returned from a long weekend trip with friends.  Before we left for Upstate New York, I attended service at the synagogue known as BJ, B’nai Jeshurun.  I was first introduced to BJ in the book “From Ghetto to Ghetto-An African America Journey to Judaism” by Ernest H. Adams.  As I met more Jewish people, […]

I <3 Shabbat

Posted by: erika on: May 29, 2011

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space.  Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to the holiness in time.” I looked forward to Friday every day last week.  I had the day off, I had a […]

Exciting Things Happening in NYC

Posted by: erika on: May 14, 2011

I hope everyone is having a good Shabbat.  I am not quite at 100% Shabbat observance, hence writing on my blog.  My goal is that at the one year mark of my Jewish Journey, the High Holy Days-I will have full Shabbat observance.  It’s a difficult goal to achieve for pure logistical reasons, I work […]

The Tale of Two Shabbats

Posted by: erika on: April 9, 2011

A few hours ago observant Jews around the world concluded Shabbat with a havdalah service which marks the end of Shabbat.  I’ve never observed this prayer service but I’ve seen it done in the movie Trembling Before God.  There are candles and wine, of course, but also spices.  Blessings are said and the flame of […]


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