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Posts Tagged ‘Israel

Go Fund Me?

Posted by: erika on: May 17, 2016

This is the last post I will write about my upcoming learning trip to Israel and my Go Fund Me Campaign. Afterwards, just my own thoughts about life and Judaism and anticipating going back to Israel. So while I have you, assuming you’re still reading, I will take this moment to plead, beg, encourage, ask […]

Heading to Pardes This Summer!

Posted by: erika on: May 11, 2016

15 days ago I launched a Go Fund Me Page to help with my travel expenses to Israel this summer. If you’re a regular BGJ reader then that may sound familiar. It’s kind of crazy to think that it has been almost 5 years since my last trip to Israel. And it feels like it […]

I’m not an Anti-Zionist!

Posted by: erika on: June 24, 2015

I’m not a Zionist either, well at least not in the modern view of the word. Do I think Israel should exist? Yes. Do I think Israel is a country void of problems? No. ~ Over the last couple of weeks I’ve received email and Facebook messages inviting me to “lefty-Jewish” events. Everything from Shabbat […]

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 […]

Ask Erika-Judaism or Islam?

Posted by: erika on: August 5, 2013

I posted a blog from my friend and fellow black, gay Jewish woman (and Rabbi-to-be) Sandra Lawson this weekend. In it, Sandra shared not only her rabbinic journey, but her Jewish journey. In her blog she wrote about the need for Jews to not necessarily proselytize, but to be more open to sharing Judaism with […]

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 […]


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