a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Posts Tagged ‘Judaism

When I posted about Shavuot on my personal Facebook Page I got a wide variety of responses: From my cousin:  Playoffs are just 40 days, religion is always there! Watch the game! From a Jewish professional: I pray more watching the Knicks then I ever do in shul. From a colleague: Learning goes on until late tonight – […]

Stepping Up to Women’s Rights-A Cross Post

Posted by: erika on: March 28, 2013

There’s something incredibly powerful about stepping, a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken words and hand claps. These rhythmic stomping and beats can have a profound effect on the listener as well as the stepper. […]

On the Radio, Oh-Oh.

Posted by: erika on: July 14, 2012

Today I’m in Maine, presumably eating lobster on Shabbat, but a few weeks ago I was on the radio in the North Country on Radio 613. Episode 66: Rhythm in Flame and Jewish anti-racist blogging Tune-in to another great episode of your favourite Jewish politics/culture/religious practice radio show and podcast! In the first half of the […]

Judaism-Religion or Spiritual Connection to Gd?

Posted by: erika on: July 13, 2012

Shabbat Shalom, readers! As I write this, it’s actually only Tuesday-but I’m trying to be good about posting so I’ve been writing some small posts to schedule while I’m stuffing my face with treif in Maine. Yay Lobster! About a week ago this picture from Shabbat.com came across my Facebook feed. It spoke to me […]

Why I do What I do

Posted by: erika on: June 21, 2012

Aliza Hausman, a Dominican-American Jewish woman, cyber-friend (hopefully real-live friend) and activist asked a question that I’ve been thinking about for a few days.  She asked, “if we stop saying it, then where will we be, where will our children and grandchildren be?” She was commenting on a recent post I wrote about race/racism and […]

Guess What?! There are Non-White Jews in NYC!

Posted by: erika on: June 12, 2012

No shit. “The Israelites journeyed from from Raamses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on food, aside from children.  Moreover, a mixed multitude went up with them”-Exodus 12:37-38 I sound like a broken record, but clearly the lessons of history, of Torah, of geography and human migration needs to be continually told and re-learned. […]

Black, Gay, and Jewish Part 3

Posted by: erika on: August 10, 2010

**This was originally posted on 06.06.10 on my main blog** So my appointment with the Rabbi is on the 15th.  While I’ve only attended one Shabbat celebration at the Temple I’ve been doing a lot of reading and soul searching.  Thankfully, a lot of friends and family members have been helpful in asking me a […]


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