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Ask Erika: Nailing Down a rabbi during the Chaggim

Posted by: erika on: August 30, 2012

The chaggim are a particularly interesting time of year for rabbis who are extremely busy gearing up for the busiest time of year. Catching and holding their attention is not only hard, it’s close to impossible. Yet, it was right before the High Holidays in 2010 when I first approached a rabbi about my desire […]

What’s Inspiring Me Today

Posted by: erika on: August 9, 2012

I’m still deep in the throws of new home drama. I spent the whole of yesterday in my apartment while my landlord/plumber worked for 6 hours-no exaggeration-on my pipes. I suppose I should be grateful to have a kitchen sink and bathtub that drains efficiently and quickly rather than standing water, but it was not […]

I know I said I wouldn’t cross-post…

Posted by: erika on: July 9, 2012

…but I couldn’t pass this one up. Rabbi Juan Mejia has been on my radar since I started to explore Judaism. His story is amazing, born in Columbia as Catholic, he learned his family had Jewish roots. He abandoned the desire to become a monk and instead re-established his connection to Judaism. I’ve heard some […]

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 […]

One Year Jewish Birthday

Posted by: erika on: July 3, 2012

On August 17, 2011 I boarded the C Train at Nostrand in Bedstuy, Brooklyn and made my way to the Upper West Side. I had butterflies in my stomach and my legs felt as if they weighed one ton each. I’d forgotten to eat and by the time I willed my bricks-for-legs from Central Park […]

What To Expect at the Mikvah

Posted by: erika on: April 15, 2012

One of my friends has a mikveh date scheduled for late April/early May.  She asked me few questions and expressed some hair concerns so I thought I’d write another “What To Expect” post.   ~One of the most shocking parts of the Deborah Feldman book wasn’t the scandalous rejection of her hasidic roots, it was […]

I am Jewish

Posted by: erika on: August 19, 2011

Nearly every one of my Jewish friends has called or text me with messages of, “You were always Jewish to me.”  The echos of that e-mail urging me to re-consider conversion still rings in my ear.  It’s weird.  I don’t look different, but I do feel different.  I didn’t think that I would. On Wednesday […]

How is Today Different Than Any Other Day?

Posted by: erika on: August 18, 2011

I’m Jewish-that’s how!  Yesterday was a truly wonderful experience that I still haven’t quite figured out how to word.  Not only did I leave the mikveh Jewish, I got a new nephew!  There was something really powerful about the warmth of the mikveh waters, it symbolized my re-birth as a Jewish woman.  I couldn’t help […]


Posted by: erika on: August 17, 2011

  I’ve been up since 4:15 AM when my cell phone beeped, a message alert from my mother.  I opened it up and looked at my new nephew, Jacob, born a few moments prior.  G-d truly is wonderful.  I feel blessed to share my Jewish birthday with my newest nephew, whom I named.  In 2 […]

Tomorrow is J-Day

Posted by: erika on: August 16, 2011

I have no words.  See you on the other side 🙂

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