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2nd of Elul

Posted by: erika on: August 8, 2013

From Ritualwell. Each year as summer fades into fall, Jewish tradition invites us to turn inwards. The month of Elul precedes the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We dedicate this time to preparing ourselves for the holidays so that we can experience them as fully as possible. During Elul we are […]

1st of Elul, 5773 Rosh Chodesh Elul

Posted by: erika on: August 7, 2013

Today is the first of Elul. I’ve been asking on Twitter and Facebook for what Elul conjures or brings up for people and have gotten a wide variety of awesome responses. What does Elul mean for you?


Posted by: erika on: October 19, 2012

Boredom. Uninspired. Lost. Unmotivated. Empty. Those are things I felt after Rosh Hashanah. I lamented to my Rosh Chodesh group and when the words left my lips, thoughts I hadn’t voiced to anyone let alone a group of virtual strangers, (it was my first meeting)I felt a rush of emotions. I felt guilt and relief […]

What To Expect:Yom Kippur Fasting 101

Posted by: erika on: September 19, 2012

You made it through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is looming on the horizon. If it’s your first Yom Kippur I’m not going to lie, it’s a little bit intimidating. If you’re into the visuals-the book of life is wide open and as we get closer and closer to the end of service it’s like […]

What To Expect During the High Holidays

Posted by: erika on: September 13, 2012

These “What To Expect” posts are always inspired by people in my life, many who are on the same path I recently completed-converting to Judaism. I was recently asked what the High Holidays were like and was sort of stumped for an answer. I started and re-started this post and as you can see towards […]

What Are Your Rosh Hashanah Plans?

Posted by: erika on: September 11, 2012

Last year Miriam and I hosted Rosh Hashanah dinner for about 15 friends. We dipped glittered apples in honey and ate a lot of dried fruits and welcomed in the New Year with friends. Hosting people in our home for holidays and Shabbat is one of my favorite things, but it’s exhausting. It’s that kind […]

Merging my Black Southern Jewishness…on a Plate

Posted by: erika on: September 7, 2012

Black-eyed peas, collard greens and corn bread on January 1st were a staple in my home. My mother, a North Carolinian born in the south, raised in the north and still in the Midwest made sure that we ate a full plate of the beans and stewed greens. She said they’d bring us wealth and […]

Shofar Blowing 101

Posted by: erika on: September 15, 2011

Last year a friend of mine was heading back home to Israel for a visit.  Knowing that I was considering Judaism, she asked if she could bring me something from the Holy Land.  I thought about it, and asked for a shofar.  Dorin got back from Israel and maybe 7 months later I met my […]

The Joy of Torah

Posted by: erika on: September 29, 2010

Simchat Torah, or the Joy of the Torah, is the last Holiday in this time of year I’ve dubbed-Jewish Holiday Season.  The season that started with Rosh Hashanah concludes with Simchat Torah, when Jews celebrate the completion of another year’s reading of the Torah.  Every book that I’ve read about Simchat Torah describes a joyous occasion in which the […]

Jewish Holiday Season

Posted by: erika on: September 22, 2010

For an ex-Fashion Retailer, like me,  “Holiday Season” started about a month ago.  Towards the end of August retail managers start gearing up for Holiday.  It’s the bread and butter of most retail businesses in the United States and if you’re lucky enough to work retail in Manhattan it’s even more important.  If you’re even […]

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