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Posts Tagged ‘cross-posts

What Do I Wear on My Head?-A Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: February 21, 2015

When I was still in the process of converting to Judaism I found Jew in the City and her post about why Orthodox Jewish women cover their hair. The vlog didn’t speak to me. I don’t have a husband and I don’t find hair to be particularly sexual. Yet, I was intrigued and clicked my […]

When I walk in the world I am seen first as black and second as a woman. I don’t necessarily “present” as a lesbian and when I identify myself as a Jew, I’m met with disbelief. Once the shock of being a black, lesbian Jew has settled people feel entitled to my story and want […]

An East Coast Jew in the Pacific Northwest-RitualWell

Posted by: erika on: December 2, 2014

I’m so excited to share my first blog post on RitualWell! This is the first of in a series of blog posts that I will be writing for them. I hope that you will follow along. Enjoy! An amazing thing happened a few days ago. I was enjoying my lunch in the break room of […]

3rd of Elul-Blog Round Up

Posted by: erika on: August 9, 2013

There are so many great jewels of Elul that I couldn’t pick just one. The first is from My Jewish Learning The hebrew letters that spell out the name of the Jewish month that we have just entered – Elul – are described in the Talmud as an acronym for the phrase from Song of Songs: ‘Ani L’dodi […]

Ilana Kaufman on the intersections of race, religion and culture: Just about the time I realized being brown and Jewish was to others more fascinating than fabulous, I was also an emerging adolescent, complete with the requisite knuckle headedness and edgy attitude that are hallmarks of the tween and teen years.  Being a young person […]

Back with a Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: March 18, 2013

I promise to start blogging again more regularly after Pesach. Until then, some thoughts on the situation with the YU rabbi. From the Jewish Daily Forward: I am lucky to have never heard the word nigger used towards me. As a black woman in the United States this is rare, even rarer since I spent […]

More Questions You Should Never Ask a Jew of Color

Posted by: erika on: September 28, 2012

I wrote a post about this in June of 2011 and the questions are all the same and as a Jew of Color we hear them all of the time. The Help Questions: Do you work here? Do you know where room 101 is? Are you watching the children for this service? Do you need […]

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