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“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 […]

Stand Up, Sit Down (bow, bow, bow)

Posted by: erika on: July 16, 2011

Oh the choreography of Jewish prayer.  So beautiful, so complex, so…difficult for me to get into. Is everyone looking at me because I’m bowing wrong? Is everyone looking at me because I’m not bowing? Why are we looking at the door? Is someone going to come into the door? Wouldn’t it be cool if the […]

New Years Shabbat

Posted by: erika on: December 30, 2010

Funny thing happened in 2010.  Christmas Eve and now New Years Eve both fall on Shabbat.  For Christmas I was at work (Christmas Eve) and didn’t get home in time to light my Shabbat candles.  Tomorrow, though, I get off work early and plan on coming home to have Shabbat dinner with Mirs before heading to our friend’s […]

I survived Christmas and ate Chinese food, too

Posted by: erika on: December 26, 2010

First things first, did you read my post on the Sisterhood??  If not, go read it and come back.  I’ll wait. It’s true.  I ordered Chinese food on Christmas afternoon.  The original plan was to make some eggs and enjoy a mimosa while watching endless episodes of The L Word on Netflix.  I opened Mirs’ […]

How and Why do you Jew?

Posted by: erika on: December 5, 2010

I’ve started to write this post at least a dozen times.  I’ve recently received 3 books on Jewish prayer from Amazon, To Pray as a Jew by Hayim Halevy Donin, Entering Jewish Prayer by Reuven Hammer, and Minding the Temple of the Soul by Tamar Frankiel and Judy Greenfeld.  I’ve purchased them to better understand the things that happen […]

According to the BBC News the rapper Shyne, from P-Diddy nightclub shooting fame has emerged from his 10 year jail sentence as a Chasidic Jew.  Born of an Ethiopian Jewish mother in Belize, Shyne, or Moshe ben David-his Hebrew name, decided to put down the guns and pick up the Torah while in prison.  I’ll be honest, I have […]


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