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Travel bLog-Entry #3 – Shabbat in Jerusalem

Posted by: erika on: July 9, 2016

My first Shabbat in Jerusalem and I’m alone on purpose. I attended a Minyan at the recommendation of a friend. The room was packed – standing room only. I felt a bit out of place and the Hebrew in the siddur and around me was overwhelming and intimidating. But the רוח ruach, the spirit, of […]

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 […]


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