Mitzvah: My Obligations to God and to Judaism

Emily Esquenazi   by Emily

What is the definition of the word obligation? To me it is much more than following the requirements. In life there are many obligations that I have, but one of the most important ones is my religion. There is a lot of commitment to God and Judaism that takes a lot of my time and heart; it is not just going to temple on the High Holidays and becoming Bat Mitzvah – it’s continuing after – committing to Judaism and forming a place in the mature Jewish community. I have decided to place Judaism and God in my box of important aspects of my life.

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To begin, one of the obligations that I am committed to is continuing my growth in the Jewish community in college and after. Also, raising my future children Jewish and continuing the traditions that I grew up with. One of the most important things about being loyal to Judaism is passing down traditions from generation to generation.

Another strong belief I hold is the obligation to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). If Judaism taught me anything it’s definitely that giving back and helping change the world with small actions is a huge part of my life and nothing can ever change that.

 

Lastly, my ethics and morals have been guided by God and Judaism and will continue to affect the way I handle situations and my decisions. In the Torah, the commandments and God’s perception on life is written. After growing up in an environment where I learned so much about the Torah it made a huge difference in my morals. Whenever I’m going through a rough time or I am in a sticky situation it’s amazing to know that I have a good head and heart that was impacted by Judaism and God.

This year in Hebrew high school I matured and learned so much, and made me realize how important it is to stay loyal to God and Judaism. The obligations as a Jew and member of the Jewish community that used to be something required, became something I want to do.