Throughout my life, I’ve often been asked “how do you live your Judaism?”
My answer to that isn’t as simple as it may seem (and I believe many of you may feel the same)
I grew up with a Catholic dad and a Jewish mom. My mother, being a Jazanit, has always taken me to synagogue where I sang all the songs by heart; that was my first exposure to Judaism. After that, I became a part of a tight-knit Jewish community, as well as some social groups and, in all honesty, I was shocked I wasn’t alone.
My friends told me about something called “BBYO”, and as I experimented with it, my love for the organization began to increase. I started feeling more understood by my surroundings.
That’s why my final answer to this question is: Through this journey, I found a lot of people that are just like me; not only that, but they understand me as well as my traditions. It was the best thing that could ever happen to me. I truly can't imagine my life without Jewish people and the Jewish environment, because these experiences have been formative for me as a person, my identity, and my life.
Keep in mind that no one can tell you how to live your Judaism – there are countless ways, each uniquely significant to an individual. In the midst of our ever-changing society and fast-paced lives, remember to be grateful and stop sometimes to analyze how this beautiful culture, full of meaningful traditions, practices, and people, has changed your life.
Micaela is a BBG from BBYO: Argentina and likes all types of music.
All views expressed on content written for The Shofar represent the opinions and thoughts of the individual authors. The author biography represents the author at the time in which they were in BBYO.
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