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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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