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.
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.