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Posts Tagged ‘Israel

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 […]

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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