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Posts Tagged ‘mitzvah

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 – […]

The Mitzvah of Mikvah

Posted by: erika on: August 14, 2012

Tablet’s Allison Hoffman wrote an amazing piece about Mikvah today that has me thinking about which mitzvot we, as secular Jews, embrace and those we do not. Mikvah is one of those that I wish I could embrace in a  more regular way similar to Orthodox women…it just seems unnatural. I’m not heterosexual, therefore laws […]

How Jewish is Your Home?

Posted by: erika on: August 3, 2012

We’re currently planning a house warming party complete with a Chanukat Ha’Bayit to be performed by a friend and awesome  rabbi. In talking last night we pondered the ethics of performing any sort of religious ceremony in a home that isn’t owned by us. Our landlord is not Jewish so is it unethical to make […]

What To Expect at the Mikvah

Posted by: erika on: April 15, 2012

One of my friends has a mikveh date scheduled for late April/early May.  She asked me few questions and expressed some hair concerns so I thought I’d write another “What To Expect” post.   ~One of the most shocking parts of the Deborah Feldman book wasn’t the scandalous rejection of her hasidic roots, it was […]

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