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Posts Tagged ‘Judaism

So, How Was Israel?

Posted by: erika on: August 8, 2016

This is a question I’ve been asked for the past two weeks, and it makes sense. I did just spend an entire month funding for my trip to Israel and then almost one month in the country. Folks want to know. What did I do, where did I go? Did I engage in the conflict? […]

Travel bLog #7 – Scribe Life

Posted by: erika on: July 23, 2016

I’m not sure if it’s purposeful, but after two weeks of study it’s nice to see ways in which the classes that I’m taking overlap with one another. Scribal Arts, a sort of elective, is only given twice a week and I had to pay extra money to take it. Taking a step back and […]

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 […]

What Do I Wear on My Head?-A Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: February 21, 2015

When I was still in the process of converting to Judaism I found Jew in the City and her post about why Orthodox Jewish women cover their hair. The vlog didn’t speak to me. I don’t have a husband and I don’t find hair to be particularly sexual. Yet, I was intrigued and clicked my […]

On Being Jewish – A Cross-post from Ritualwell

Posted by: erika on: February 1, 2015

If you ask any convert to Judaism, they will likely tell you that as daunting as the conversion process can sometimes be, actually being a Jew can be harder that becoming one. Picking a rabbi and a community to anchor my conversion was the first step. After several months of shul shopping and ongoing conversations […]

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 […]

Post-Racial My Ass

Posted by: erika on: February 25, 2014

This morning I browsed the New York Times on my phone while waiting for my rather late train, “Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple with Racial Tensions”.  I read the title and was immediately angry and frustrated, I thought the term “Colorblind” went out of vogue 10 years ago. In the news media and in popular culture, […]

When Hebrew Israelites Invade!

Posted by: erika on: February 17, 2014

I’ve written about Hebrew Israelites before and while I generally think that writing about Messianic Jews and Hebrew Israelites  gives these communities unnecessary press, I do have to share something that happened to me at Friday night service. I’ve mentioned before that my beloved shul’s music director has left. It’s thrown me into another and more […]

Is This How Judaism is for You?

Posted by: erika on: October 2, 2013

An article is fast circulating the Jewishsphere the past two days. “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” an article by the Pew Report has even made it’s way to the NY Times with various comments and commentary on a variety of Jewish Facebook groups and Twitter Feeds. As a JBC, the article doesn’t necessarily apply to […]

Navigating Modesty as a Liberal, Queer Jew

Posted by: erika on: June 14, 2013

I’ve written about modesty, sexual harassment, hair covering, Jewish hair, black hair, my hair for a while. In the first of a two-part series about modesty vis-a-vis street harassment I talked a bit about how and why I cover my hair for The Sisterhood. When people ask what kind of a Jew I am, I […]


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