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In California with Be’chol Lashon

Posted by: erika on: October 14, 2011

When I first started researching whether it was possible to be both black and Jewish I Googled “Black Jews.” A lot of websites came up and I easily sifted through the ones that looked a bit off and the ones that looked legit.  After my “Black Jews” search I Googled “Diverse Jews” and Be’chol Lashon came […]

Chag Samach-A Sukkot Rant.

Posted by: erika on: October 13, 2011

Sukkot.  Hmm…what to say, what to say.  Do you remember my Sukkotlast year?  It wasn’t a pretty picture.  Even after the asshole on the street racially profiled and tried to over-sell me the holiday left a bad taste in my mouth.  It’s the season where we are commanded, in Torah, to welcome the stranger.  We […]

The Joy of Torah

Posted by: erika on: September 29, 2010

Simchat Torah, or the Joy of the Torah, is the last Holiday in this time of year I’ve dubbed-Jewish Holiday Season.  The season that started with Rosh Hashanah concludes with Simchat Torah, when Jews celebrate the completion of another year’s reading of the Torah.  Every book that I’ve read about Simchat Torah describes a joyous occasion in which the […]

Jewish Holiday Season

Posted by: erika on: September 22, 2010

For an ex-Fashion Retailer, like me,  “Holiday Season” started about a month ago.  Towards the end of August retail managers start gearing up for Holiday.  It’s the bread and butter of most retail businesses in the United States and if you’re lucky enough to work retail in Manhattan it’s even more important.  If you’re even […]


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