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The N-Word on the Fourth of July

Posted by: erika on: July 5, 2013

With all of the Paula Dean crap, it’s pretty safe to say that we don’t, as some would like to believe, live in a post-racist society. As a woman of color, I’ve always known this fact to be true. When working in various retail stores in Manhattan, most of the suspected shoplifters we’d monitor were […]

Back with a Cross-Post

Posted by: erika on: March 18, 2013

I promise to start blogging again more regularly after Pesach. Until then, some thoughts on the situation with the YU rabbi. From the Jewish Daily Forward: I am lucky to have never heard the word nigger used towards me. As a black woman in the United States this is rare, even rarer since I spent […]

Chava Talks The “Curse” of Ham

Posted by: erika on: October 18, 2012

  No I’m Not Cursed Cross-posted from Chava at Not a Contradiction. This week we read Parshat Noach, which contains one of the most well-known stories in the entire Torah.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that this popular story also contains the curse of Ham (or the Hamitic Myth as it is sometimes […]

Beyond the Mission Statement

Posted by: erika on: July 4, 2012

Beyond the Mission Statement was written for and posted on the RJBlog. Have a good July 4th!   My path to Judaism is similar to most Jews by choice. After years of spiritual searching and longing, I turned toward Judaism because of the tradition, because it is the seed of monotheistic religion, because it’s where […]

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 […]

Talking Honestly About Jews and Racisim

Posted by: erika on: June 13, 2012

My post on The Sisterhood is live.  Here’s a small snippet- A few week ago I had two very different experiences having to do with my necklace. At a party a friend of a friend asked about the Chai around my neck and then asserted that there weren’t any black Jews. On the ride home […]


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