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Travel bLog-Entry #3 – Shabbat in Jerusalem

Posted by: erika on: July 9, 2016

My first Shabbat in Jerusalem and I’m alone on purpose. I attended a Minyan at the recommendation of a friend. The room was packed – standing room only. I felt a bit out of place and the Hebrew in the siddur and around me was overwhelming and intimidating. But the רוח ruach, the spirit, of […]

A Woman of Valor Who Can Find?

Posted by: erika on: June 1, 2014

Julie Geller’s version of Eishet Chayil is still my absolute favorite version of this ancient song traditionally sung by a husband (and sometimes children) to his wife to honor her role in the house. Because it comes from Torah verses, to say that it’s a bit archaic is putting it lightly. And while I absolutely […]

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: erika on: June 8, 2012

This week has been interesting. A lot happened-some of it good, some of it is causing a lot of reflection, and some of it has been frustrating.  The beautiful thing is that tonight is Shabbat and while I don’t know how the gluten-free challah that I’m bringing to dinner will turn out, it’s nice to […]

Just Jew it, Ya’ll!

Posted by: erika on: March 28, 2011

Yes, that’s me wearing a shirt with a Hasid playing basketball a la Michael Jordan.  I figured what was more black than basketball and what’s more Jewish than a Hasid?  That’s why I bought the shirt and wore it, as a black Jew. I lied. I stole the shirt from Mirs and well, I’m just […]

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 […]


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