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Can you be a “normal” person and be religious? This is a question I’ve been rolling around in my head for sometime that is now being asked much more loudly since my return from Israel and studying at Pardes. Tomorrow makes one week exactly since I’ve been back in the U.S and my heartache for Jerusalem […]

Go Fund Me?

Posted by: erika on: May 17, 2016

This is the last post I will write about my upcoming learning trip to Israel and my Go Fund Me Campaign. Afterwards, just my own thoughts about life and Judaism and anticipating going back to Israel. So while I have you, assuming you’re still reading, I will take this moment to plead, beg, encourage, ask […]

Question: Why is it so Hard to Find Brown Actors?

Posted by: erika on: November 14, 2013

Answer- It’s not. Noah, a new epic starring Russell Crowe as the man in the ark, is slated for release in late March 2014. And while the trailer looks awesome and I’m definitely going to see it, I can’t help but notice how fricking white everyone is. I’m not a militant black person. I’m not […]

Jewish Geography Project: Bereshit

Posted by: erika on: October 3, 2013

Last June I started the Jewish Geography Project and it sort of fizzled away. This year, I am committed to working on it and, well, damn I’m already a parasha (Torah portion) behind. I realized, going back, that I forgot a few key identifiers in the first go around so decided to start fresh with […]

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 […]

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.       […]

Never, ever read the comments…

Posted by: erika on: May 25, 2011

I always have to remind myself that.  Lucky for me, I screen comments that come along and all of you frequent commenters are amazing.  I still get a little pit in my stomach when I see a new comment alert on my Blackberry until I recognize the name and the pit fades away. Yesterday the Conservative […]

Shabbat Challenge

Posted by: erika on: January 23, 2011

I’m two classes into my second trimester of my conversion classes.  We’re spending this term going through the Jewish Holiday cycle, starting with Shabbat.  I’ve read so many books on Shabbat and just finished up Entering Jewish Prayer by Hammer and still feel a little lost, but inspired by Shabbat.  One of you lovely readers mentioned […]

Wednesday, the first night of Hanukkah, was my last conversion class until January 12 when we’ll study the Jewish Holiday Cycle.  As it was the first night of Hanukkah we learned about the Holiday and its origins.  Of course, when one thinks of Hanukkah, both Jew and non-Jew, you think of the menorah and the […]


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