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An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Posted by: erika on: October 11, 2016

An Unetaneh Tokef for Black Lives: In our hearts it is written, and on the streets it is sealed: Who shall live, and who shall die Who with hands up, who holding his ID; Who while selling ciggies, who peddling CDs; Who in cold blood, who by chokehold. In the law books it is written, […]

Meanwhile…

Posted by: erika on: August 4, 2014

I think of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as three rivers. If you are on either of the three, you run into some good spots and some rough currents. You sometimes float down lazily just to get to a stretch of water seemingly impossible to traverse. The three rivers run separately, of course. But, if you […]

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 […]

Where is Gd? Part Two

Posted by: erika on: July 20, 2014

When I sat before my beit din, before going to the mikvah, one of the rabbis asked me if my views on Israel had changed. I told her that they had not; I still thought Israel was a horrible place, that Israelis were racist, that Jews were treating Palestinians like southern (and northern and western […]

One Mitzvah at a Time: Morning Prayers

Posted by: erika on: May 31, 2013

מוֹדֶה (מוֹדָה) אֲנִי לְפָנֶֽיךָ מֶֽלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּים. שֶׁהֶֽחֱזַֽרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמֽוּנָתֶֽךָ I offer thanks before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great. The first time I experienced an Avodat Lev service I was overwhelmed and embarrassed by the power of it. It […]

What’s Inspiring Me Today

Posted by: erika on: August 9, 2012

I’m still deep in the throws of new home drama. I spent the whole of yesterday in my apartment while my landlord/plumber worked for 6 hours-no exaggeration-on my pipes. I suppose I should be grateful to have a kitchen sink and bathtub that drains efficiently and quickly rather than standing water, but it was not […]


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