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Modeh Ani

Posted by: erika on: July 14, 2011

When I sat down with Noah Aronson to interview him for Jewcy we discussed his rendition of the prayer Modeh Ani.  We were talking about people who don’t believe in God, or how some people are surprised in his belief in God.  Noah counters the questions very Jewishly by asking another, “If you don’t believe […]

What’s in a Hebrew Name-Change?

Posted by: erika on: July 9, 2011

I’ve narrowed my list of 12 Hebrew Name options down to 7(8).  Which means I’ve barely narrowed it down.  My sister is a few weeks away from giving birth to my third nephew.  I don’t talk about our relationship a lot here because it’s private, but suffice to say that it is at times difficult.  […]

Hanukkah, and other things I learned in Conversion Class

Posted by: erika on: February 9, 2011

Tonight’s conversion class was about Chanukah.  I gotta be real, I was sort of thinking about skipping tonight because I felt like I knew almost everything there was to know about Hanukkah, including different ways of spelling it.  Last trimester, our last class was on the first night of Hanukkah and we lit the Hanukkah […]

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 […]

בָּרוּך אַתָּה אַדָנָ-י אֱ-להֵינוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם אַשֶׁר קִדְשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶל שַבָּת קודֶש Transliteration: Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat Translation: Blessed are you, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light […]

Tonight in conversion class we learned all about the Bris ceremony, baby naming, and the whys behind them all.  On the way home I decided to listen to my Jewish/Hebrew music playlist on my iPod.  I haven’t been to synagogue in almost a month and honestly, I miss it a lot.  I wanted to listen […]

Last night I sat in a room with 18 Jews of Color

Posted by: erika on: October 7, 2010

and it was … I actually can’t physically end that sentence.  It was so many things; inspirational, eye-opening, confusing, regrettable, moving, challenging, awesome, comforting, intriguing, motivating. Inspirational When I found the organization, Be’chol Lashon, on the internet I clicked through each aspect of their website as quickly as I could.  I remember my eyes darting back […]

I’m ready when you are

Posted by: erika on: October 5, 2010

The other week I had a sit down with the rabbi that I’m taking conversion classes with.  I was running late because of train issues and the UN conference in Manhattan.  Traffic was especially chaotic because President Obama was in town.  I sat down across from her at Starbucks a half hour late which meant that our first […]

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 […]

The New Girl in Shul

Posted by: erika on: September 27, 2010

Last Shabbat I attended services at a shul in Brooklyn.  It’s not terribly convenient but a lot easier than schlepping to the UES for service.  I’d noticed an e-mail from the group, Brooklyn Jews, inviting members of its list serve to attend Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Elohim to listen to a young Jewish Composer, Noah Aronson.  A […]


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