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Brad Patchett

Hope

Throughout her struggles with chemo and having to look into her children’s eyes as she told us of her breast cancer, she fought on.  This woman is my mother.  I knew she was devastated and cried when she was alone but she is strong and always smiled on the outside.  Every day, I would pray for a cure for this disease and looked more towards God than the doctors.  I knew there had to be a miracle to help cure my mother.  Eventually, after endless months of bravely battling her cancer, the miracle happened that changed our lives.  She is now cancer free.  In that moment, I knew that God heard us and was watching over us.

What Does Confirmation Mean to Me? Confirmation means improving the community by bringing temples together to help make a difference.  Confirmation means going one step further in the Jewish community as a true, committed member of society.

 

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A few months ago, the Temple Rodeph Torah 10th grade class took a trip down to Washington DC for the RAC trip. This trip was a once in a lifetime experience. The trip consisted of us taking a bus down to Washington DC, staying in a hotel for a weekend.  We were to learn about issues in today’s world, and then go to the Senate and speak to various Senators one on one. The journey leading up to speaking in front of the Senate was truly an educational one where I have learned things I will never forget. For example, I learned the extent of certain public topics as well many Jewish values contributing to those topics. To begin, I learned so much about gay rights as well as women’s rights. While we were in the hotel, we had the pleasure of picking two seminars we wished to participate in to learn more in- depth about the subject. I had chosen the two things I have just mentioned because I am very passionate about them both and wanted to be more educated on the topic. When I went to the gay rights seminar, I went in thinking I knew everything about gay rights I could know. Well, I was wrong, of course. I knew a good portion of the information however, I was astounded by some of what they told us. They had given statistics on such things as gay suicide and much more which shocked me unbelievably.

The next day, I went to the women’s rights seminar, and I was eager to learn about the subject. Once I went in, we jumped into the conversation about abuse against women and how our Jewish values influence us to help. For example, I learned that our Jewish values say that if someone is harmed in any way, help them so we can stop the violence. The seminar then went on to speak about how we can help stop the abuse. This whole thing opened my eyes to how Judaism and real social topics can intertwine, as well as how I can intervene and help someone from being physically, mentally, or emotionally harmed. I am immensely grateful to have been given the opportunity to go on this trip.   If I had not gone, I would have missed learning all of the amazing things that I did while I was there. I would like to thank the Religious Action Center for providing all this amazing knowledge and for sharing it with other people.