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In Which I Exploit My Blog for Work

Posted by: erika on: January 24, 2013

This Saturday we’re celebrating the New Year for Trees, Tu B’shvat (Tu Beeshvat, Tu Bishvat). If you’re in NYC and want to nosh on some yummy food and sip on some wine join me for Hazon’s annual event, Pinot and Pomegranate.  See you there!    

What’s a Jew to Do…On Christmas

Posted by: erika on: December 25, 2012

This Jew is in Texas. With her Jewish girlfriend celebrating…Christmas. It’s actually December 19th. I’m being smart and writing some scheduled posts in anticipation for my trip and the inability to get any writing done while I’m in Texas. I have to admit, I’m feeling a bit excited about being near a tree. M’s mother […]

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 […]

Shavuot 5772

Posted by: erika on: May 27, 2012

A memo to the Hazon staff from our Executive Director, Nigel Savage. Thought I would share it with you as we wind down Shavuot. Dear All, Shavuot is a rabbinic holiday overlaid upon an agricultural one: chag hakatzir (the holiday of reaping the harvest) and yom habikkurim (the day of the first fruits) which then becamezman matan torateinu – the […]

What to Expect at a Seder

Posted by: erika on: March 16, 2012

Disclaimer:  I am, in no way shape or form an expert on Judaism.  There are a wide variety of resources for Jewish thought, holidays, traditions.  I’m just one Jewish woman sharing my thoughts and reflections on my personal experiences.  This post does not reflect what you will find at the most traditional Pesach Seders.  If […]

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 […]

Wednesday, the first night of Hanukkah, was my last conversion class until January 12 when we’ll study the Jewish Holiday Cycle.  As it was the first night of Hanukkah we learned about the Holiday and its origins.  Of course, when one thinks of Hanukkah, both Jew and non-Jew, you think of the menorah and the […]

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 […]


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