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Chava Talks The “Curse” of Ham

Posted by: erika on: October 18, 2012

  No I’m Not Cursed Cross-posted from Chava at Not a Contradiction. This week we read Parshat Noach, which contains one of the most well-known stories in the entire Torah.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that this popular story also contains the curse of Ham (or the Hamitic Myth as it is sometimes […]

Ask Erika:Is Conversion Necessary?

Posted by: erika on: October 12, 2012

I received the following question via Facebook and while I answered J’s question I began to ponder it more. So I decided to post my initial response to J and flush it out a bit as well. As always, if you’d like to ask me a question you can send me an e-mail at blackgayandjewish@gmail.com […]

My Interview with JewSchool

Posted by: erika on: September 19, 2012

Many thanks to the amazing Chanel Dubofsky for doing this interview.   Erika Davis is the Chief of Staff at Hazon. She also works as a freelance writer for The Sisterhood, Jewcy, Kveller and others while maintaining her personal blog Black, Gay and Jewish. Erika likes Syrian Jewish cooking and is convinced she makes the best hummus in Brooklyn. […]

Welcoming the Stranger-A Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: September 14, 2012

I’ve written on this topic several times, so for today’s pre-Shabbat cross-post, I’ll let Chava to the talking. If you’re not following Not a Contradiction, you should be. A recent trip out-of-town made me think about “welcoming synagogues” and what that really means.  So often  Jews of Color, LGBT Jews and others feel like outsiders […]

Awkward Black Jewish Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: August 16, 2012

Maybe you’re at a restaurant, or at the grocery store, or just walking down the street and BAM! another Black Jew! Do you walk up to them and say hello, or is that weird? Do you wave hello? Do you exchange phone numbers and invite them to Shabbat dinner, or are you awkward? I’ve often […]

Oops They Did it Again?

Posted by: erika on: July 23, 2012

What’s with the obsession with Commandment Keepers and Hebrew Israelites? Is it because real black Jews aren’t exciting or exotic enough? Is it because it’s too hard to really dig into the issue of diversity (or the lack thereof) in mainstream Jewish communities? Is it to make it easy and simple? If you’re a black […]

Beyond the Mission Statement

Posted by: erika on: July 4, 2012

Beyond the Mission Statement was written for and posted on the RJBlog. Have a good July 4th!   My path to Judaism is similar to most Jews by choice. After years of spiritual searching and longing, I turned toward Judaism because of the tradition, because it is the seed of monotheistic religion, because it’s where […]

Guess What?! There are Non-White Jews in NYC!

Posted by: erika on: June 12, 2012

No shit. “The Israelites journeyed from from Raamses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on food, aside from children.  Moreover, a mixed multitude went up with them”-Exodus 12:37-38 I sound like a broken record, but clearly the lessons of history, of Torah, of geography and human migration needs to be continually told and re-learned. […]

A few weeks ago I pitched the below to the editor of a popular Jewish website.  It didn’t get published so I decided to go with my first instinct (always trust ’em) and publish it here. I’m a little frustrated because I wanted this read by a larger and broader Jewish audience.  I cherish my […]

Who is a Jew?

Posted by: erika on: August 15, 2011

Most popular search term for my blog today is, “What Color is a Jew?”  People rarely ask, “What color is a Muslim?”  or “What color is a Christian?”  They always ask, “What color is a Jew”  Here are a few Jews I know…and some I do not know. They’re all Jews, and we come in all colors, […]

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