" All the other kids at my Jewish day school had celebrations filled with Hollywood-red carpets, Eagles football paraphernalia, and Friends caricatures bordering the ballroom. They all had themes. It was practically law. Halachic law."
"And then a strange thing happened: I began to listen..."
“I know now that taking my medication for my mental health is the same as taking medicine for a headache.”
"Every 73 seconds someone is raped or sexually abused, but I am not supposed to say that."
"They know that they’re Jewish, and they don’t feel like they have anything to prove."
“As the voices kept murmuring in the background, I was aware of the stars. I dared to be seen just as they were.”
“If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?”
“It is so important for young, impressionable, and perfectionistic people to be able to recognize their limits.”
"Emiliano’s relentlessly upbeat spirit taught me a concept that I needed to learn; no matter the ending, a crucial idea to living a worthwhile life is to always enjoy what you have while you have it, whether that be time, people, a feeling, or a thing."
Is it possible for me to belong among others without truly knowing who I am? Or is belonging an unattainable goal?
“But I’m trying my hardest.”
“My Jewish identity stems from thousands of years of history, tradition, and family.”