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Navigating Modesty as a Liberal, Queer Jew

Posted by: erika on: June 14, 2013

I’ve written about modesty, sexual harassment, hair covering, Jewish hair, black hair, my hair for a while. In the first of a two-part series about modesty vis-a-vis street harassment I talked a bit about how and why I cover my hair for The Sisterhood. When people ask what kind of a Jew I am, I […]

I’ve been lucky, my current circle of friends are an amazing bunch of folks from a wide variety of races, ethnicities, sexual orientation and gender presentation. I think it’s because of this diversity that they’re aware of privilege; both the privilege they have and the privilege they don’t have. It’s been a long while since I’ve heard really […]

What does it mean to be Black?

Posted by: erika on: March 6, 2012

Being black means your skin don’t crack. I look at my skin color and I don’t wish the black away.  I don’t wish it were lighter or smoother or different than what it is.  I love the way it gets dark-chocolate brown in the middle of the summer after spending too many hours on the […]

“Jewfro vs. Afro”

Posted by: erika on: June 14, 2011

I’m fascinated by the correlations between Black Americans and Jewish Americans.  It’s not just hair.  I’m working on a larger essay that I will never be completely happy with but let me just say this.  We’re not as different as we’d like to think. 1.  Greens and Black Eyed Peas Ever since I was a little […]


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