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Orthodox: To be or not to be…that is the question

Posted by: erika on: January 13, 2013

While enjoying my first glass of wine at a bar in La Guardia Airport before my flight to New Orleans last week I got a Facebook message that I both expected and was surprised by. A friend who’d gone through the conversion process with me, currently living in one of the most Jewish neighborhoods in […]

How Jewish is Your Home?

Posted by: erika on: August 3, 2012

We’re currently planning a house warming party complete with a Chanukat Ha’Bayit to be performed by a friend and awesome  rabbi. In talking last night we pondered the ethics of performing any sort of religious ceremony in a home that isn’t owned by us. Our landlord is not Jewish so is it unethical to make […]

Judaism-Religion or Spiritual Connection to Gd?

Posted by: erika on: July 13, 2012

Shabbat Shalom, readers! As I write this, it’s actually only Tuesday-but I’m trying to be good about posting so I’ve been writing some small posts to schedule while I’m stuffing my face with treif in Maine. Yay Lobster! About a week ago this picture from Shabbat.com came across my Facebook feed. It spoke to me […]

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 […]

13 Days and a Birthday!

Posted by: erika on: August 4, 2011

Today is my blog’s 1st birthday!  One year ago today I “penned” my first post.  It was not very exciting.  It basically just said this is my first post.  I’d like to think that the posts have gotten better, a bit witty, and even helpful.  It’s been a truly wonderful experience to share this journey […]

I’m Back

Posted by: erika on: July 5, 2011

I just returned from a long weekend trip with friends.  Before we left for Upstate New York, I attended service at the synagogue known as BJ, B’nai Jeshurun.  I was first introduced to BJ in the book “From Ghetto to Ghetto-An African America Journey to Judaism” by Ernest H. Adams.  As I met more Jewish people, […]

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 […]

I’m here, I swear.

Posted by: erika on: May 19, 2011

Just a little busy.  Okay, I lied.  I’m having WICKED writer’s block.  More accurately, though just an inability to stop whining about what I don’t have (my memoir finished, a good pitch, etc.) and focus on all of the really great stuff happening in my life. Monday Mirs and I traveled to the mystical borough […]

Well, that’s not Jewish.

Posted by: erika on: March 30, 2011

I love when Jews say that to me.  To be fair, the life as a Jew of Color has been pretty amazing lately.  Random people have noticed my necklace and wished me Good Shabbos on Shabbat.  I talked to a woman the other day at work about how she was using a dish intended for […]

Just Jew it, Ya’ll!

Posted by: erika on: March 28, 2011

Yes, that’s me wearing a shirt with a Hasid playing basketball a la Michael Jordan.  I figured what was more black than basketball and what’s more Jewish than a Hasid?  That’s why I bought the shirt and wore it, as a black Jew. I lied. I stole the shirt from Mirs and well, I’m just […]


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