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#BlackLivesMatter and Yes, it’s Important to Say

Posted by: erika on: December 10, 2014

Last Tuesday was a hard one for me. When the Grand Jury in Staten Island returned a non-indictment verdict in the choking death of Eric Garner, another black man in a long line of black men who have died at the hands of police, was enraged. My responsibilities for the day were pushed aside and […]

Mixed Multitudes Mix Up

Posted by: erika on: September 9, 2014

Today Tablet posted an article about Commandment Keepers/Hebrew Israelites/”Black Jews” I read the first paragraph and was instantly upset, again, that another “mainstream, left-leaning” Jewish online journal was doing sloppy reporting. I’ve written about why this is problematic a lot. Like a lot. Like, really a lot. And here’s the thing. I really don’t care […]

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 […]

Bubala Please (Go Away)

Posted by: erika on: December 3, 2012

Have you seen this? I did…and I have some thoughts. You can read them over at The Sisterhood.  

Guess What?! There are Non-White Jews in NYC!

Posted by: erika on: June 12, 2012

No shit. “The Israelites journeyed from from Raamses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on food, aside from children.  Moreover, a mixed multitude went up with them”-Exodus 12:37-38 I sound like a broken record, but clearly the lessons of history, of Torah, of geography and human migration needs to be continually told and re-learned. […]

Do We Really Know What Gd Wants?

Posted by: erika on: March 14, 2012

“I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.” -Susan B. Anthony As a social media personality you have access to a wide array of people.  People who agree with what you’re doing and people who don’t and while I don’t hope that everyone will agree […]

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 […]

Thoughts on Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls

Posted by: erika on: January 5, 2012

If you haven’t seen the latest and best addition of the Shit {Blank People} Say, then take a moment and watch it right now.  Amazing right?  Don’t think so?  Watch it again and get back to me. Yesterday morning Francesca Ramsey was a woman with a successful YouTube channel, and by the afternoon she’d gone viral.  Shit […]

When People Use Torah as a Weapon

Posted by: erika on: July 26, 2011

Leviticus is one of my least favorite chapters of Torah.  It’s long, it’s detailed, it’s barbaric, it’s where most bigoted people of “faith” find reasoning to hate LGBTQ people.  A lot of Jewish law is found in Leviticus; kosher laws, Temple laws, law and order.  It can all be found in Leviticus.       […]

Things You Should Never Ask a Jew of Color

Posted by: erika on: June 28, 2011

…or anyone for that matter. I’m back.  It has been a bit of a whirl wind.  This unemployment thing leaves little to be desired.  I’ve been working my ass off trying to re-write my resume, interviewing and chatting with a lot of great people and great organizations.  Not to mention last weekend was Pride in […]


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