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Jessica Rivilis

Prayer

Prayer brings me closer to God.  When I pray, I feel as though God is listening to me.  Whether it is before taking a difficult test or while at temple, prayer makes me feel comfortable.  I know that I am not alone when I pray.  Someone is always listening to me and watching over me.  By praying with my congregation, I feel closer to my community.  Through prayer, I invite God into my life.  Prayer always allows me to honor God and my ancestors.  Prayer is important to me and affects the way I live my life.

What Does Confirmation Mean To Me?  Confirmation means that I am committed to my religion.  To me, Confirmation reflects the years I have dedicated to my Jewish education.  Confirmation is something I accomplished on my own, without anyone telling me that I had to do it.  It is something that I achieved for myself and not for anyone else.

 

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My Path to Confirmation

 Ever since I can remember, I have been enrolled in some religious school. In pre-school and kindergarten, I attended Solomon Schechter. It's where I began my path to confirmation. There, I was first introduced to the Jewish lifestyle, which included various religious holidays, traditions, and foods. There, my interest in the Jewish religion was sparked. I began attending Temple Rodeph Torah for my second year of kindergarten, and I have been with this temple ever since. In third grade, I began attending religious school at Temple Rodeph Torah. I had my share of classes where I learned how to read and write in Hebrew, about the history of our people, and other classes like conversational Hebrew and Hebrew cooking. I went to Shabbat services, and other peoples’ bar and bat mitzvahs. Eventually, I spent months preparing for my bat mitzvah. My bat mitzvah persuaded me to continue my Jewish education throughout high school, instead of stopping after my bat mitzvah. After the hours and hours I spent preparing, I realized how much the service actually meant to me, and that it was not just a party. I was working towards my future as a Jew, which meant a lot to me, which is why I decided to continue with my religious education into Hebrew High School.

When I entered High School, I was faced with tremendous amounts of responsibility and work, and I dealt with it for a year. However, the amount of work I had to do for public school was too much, and I no longer wanted to continue with my religious education this year. Though I was set on not attending Hebrew school this year, everyone at TRT convinced me to try it out for a few weeks before I committed to it. Now, here I am writing my confirmation essay at the end of the year. Instead of giving up on my religious education, I continued, and I ended up here. So thank you to all of the teachers I have had throughout the years, the Rabbi, and to my parents. All of these different experiences and people brought me here today, to my confirmation.