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Posts Tagged ‘Gaza

Meanwhile…

Posted by: erika on: August 4, 2014

I think of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as three rivers. If you are on either of the three, you run into some good spots and some rough currents. You sometimes float down lazily just to get to a stretch of water seemingly impossible to traverse. The three rivers run separately, of course. But, if you […]

Shalom/Salaam/Peace

Posted by: erika on: July 23, 2014

“And among the people of Moses is a community which guides by truth and by it establishes justice.” – Qur’an 7:159 For over three weeks I’ve been sending prayers to Gaza, Israel and Palestine. ~~~ According to my  Facebook and Twitter feed (which is getting thinner and thinner the more I unfriend and unfollow) it […]

Where is Gd? Part Two

Posted by: erika on: July 20, 2014

When I sat before my beit din, before going to the mikvah, one of the rabbis asked me if my views on Israel had changed. I told her that they had not; I still thought Israel was a horrible place, that Israelis were racist, that Jews were treating Palestinians like southern (and northern and western […]

All You Need is Love

Posted by: erika on: December 18, 2012

Last year on September 10th Christian extremist, Terry Jones, showed up in Time Square wearing a shirt that read, “Everything I need to learn about Islam I learned on 9/11″. In a video just released by the New York Times yesterday passersby drowned out Jones’ hateful rhetoric by singing the Beatles Hit, “All You Need […]

Prayer for the Children of Abraham / Ibrahim

Posted by: erika on: November 21, 2012

From one of my favorite Rabbis, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat aka The Velveteen Rabbi Prayer for the Children of Abraham / Ibrahim For every aspiring ballerina huddled scared in a basement bomb shelter For every toddler in his mother’s arms     behind rubble of concrete and rebar For every child who’s learned to distinguish “our” bombs […]

I’m not a Bad Jew-More Reflections on Israel/Palestine

Posted by: erika on: November 19, 2012

 “No Time for a Rally” by Alana Alpert via JewishBoston.com Even if I believed we had no choice, I would spend this evening reading the news in horror and pain… Even if I believed it was us versus them, I would not rally as if this were a sport… Even if I believed this was […]

Conflicted Feelings About Israel

Posted by: erika on: November 16, 2012

It’s been exactly one year since I traveled to Israel and the mixed bag of emotions I felt then are as real today as when I boarded the AirTran to JFK airport in Queens. Why was I going-wouldn’t a trip prove my loyalty to the Israeli State and therefore acknowledgement of the “illegitimacy” of Palestine? […]


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