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How do you Jew?

Posted by: erika on: March 3, 2011

I’m well, how do you Jew? Hahaha!  Okay, bad joke but I thought it was pretty funny in a really corny way.  I was sitting on the subway early this morning leaving Mirs’ doing what I normally do on the subway-Praying.  I don’t know why I’ve taken to doing it on the subway, it’s not exactly […]

Baby Steps-a Rambling Post

Posted by: erika on: December 17, 2010

One Day at a Time Easy Does It It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint This morning one of you readers, always inspiration, said that she was taking baby steps in divorcing herself from Christmas and it got me thinking, am I rushing into this?  The short answer would be yes the long answer is no.  […]

New Jews; Blessing or Annoyance?

Posted by: erika on: December 7, 2010

I’m one of those people who believe that when you say something, “joking” it’s your way of saying the thing that you truly wish to say but do not for fear of hurting someone, upsetting someone, or disagreeing with someone.  You don’t feel comfortable, for whatever reason, saying what you mean to say outright so […]

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 […]

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 […]

I just got back home from my second conversion class at Rodeph Sholom where we were able to ask the rabbi questions which she answered to the best of her ability, given the space, time and limitations of an hour and a half class with over 30 participants. I stopped attending conversion classes at Central […]

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 […]

Am I a Conservative Jew?

Posted by: erika on: August 15, 2010

M seems to think so so I did some more researching.  I’m not going to lie, there’s something a bit off-putting when I hear the word Conservative.  I know that the Conservative that main-stream society thinks of and Conservative Judaism are different but the word itself has definite negative connotations at times.  For instance, I started with […]


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