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George Santayana said that. I don’t know much about George, but I do remember the first time I heard that phrase. It was on a grade school trip, we were at a monument or a park or maybe neither of those places, but I took a picture of the words etched into marble because even […]

Living Tikkun Olam

Posted by: erika on: November 11, 2012

As Jews do we talk about Tikkun Olam, or do we live it?   My partner went to Far Rockaway today and reports that Red Cross, FEMA and the National Guard were at the various locations we’ve been volunteering with. She also reports that there are lights in the stairwells of some of the buildings. […]

Excuses, Excuses

Posted by: erika on: July 26, 2012

Bitch, Hoe, Slut, Shiksa Coon, Blackie, Nigger, Schvartze Christ Killer, Dirty Jew, Kyke Towel Head, Camel Jockey, Sand Nigger Are they simply words? Does it depend on who’s listening? Are they okay when used behind closed doors? Does it matter that it may not be understood by the intended person? Should we simply not use […]

Tikkun Olam

Posted by: erika on: August 11, 2011

I’ve just finished Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s book Hillel-If Not Now, When and have been inspired by more than a few passages.  One of them is Tikkun Olam, a basic Jewish colloquialism that Hillel instituted over two thousand years ago.  As Jews (look at me) we have the responsibility of Tikkun Olam, to repair the world. […]

Resources for LGBTQ Jews

Posted by: erika on: November 23, 2010

It’s almost been a month since I gave my talk at Be’chol Lashon.  We’re scheduled to meet next week, the first day of Hanukkah, a day that I’m booked three ways in the evening.  It’s my last day of my conversion class for this trimester.  It’s my “office” party, and it’s the Be’Chol Lashon Hanukkah party/meeting.  I have […]

The Case for Christmas

Posted by: erika on: November 14, 2010

Yesterday Mirs and I had an intense and impassioned discussion about Christmas.  I’m not sure how the topic was brought up while we enjoyed brunch after hours of spending money to help improve NYC’s economy in SoHo (shopping).  We sat down at a cute brunch location on Elizabeth street and ordered food.  By the time […]

Tikkun Olam

Posted by: erika on: October 9, 2010

It is clearly the duty of every Jew to seek justice.  In a world unredeemed, a word that is damaged, it is the job of every Jew to participate in tikkun olam/repair of the word.  In areas of social justice, social action, Judaism has set itself clear mandates “You shall do what is right and […]


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