“I grew up in a Jewish home. It was always a Kosher home. Before my Bar Mitzvah, I would go to synagogue with my dad every Saturday. Shabbat dinner was also very important for my dad—you had to have a good reason to miss Shabbat dinner!
Then I went on the March of the Living and when I came back, I felt a strong connection to Judaism and became more religious. I started eating only Kosher meat out of the house, and not long after, I decided to become shomer Shabbat and started wearing a kippah every day. In the last three or four years everything came together for me. It’s usually the opposite—oftentimes people are brought up in a religious family and then around my age—I’m 23 now—they stop being religious. My parents are observant but not shomer Shabbat. My friends aren’t religious. It was my own decision. I’m happy that I found my way like that.”