NFTY is the place where I feel that everyone cares about me, and thinks that I’m a person and that everyone values everyone else’s opinion and I just HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FUNCTION FOR THE NEXT 94 DAYS UGH I miss them already
UGH <3 ❤
(or well, as of sundown today!!)
I can’t stop crying…I miss it already…
I spent the weekend with my NFTY friends <3 It was absolutely perfect and I loved it so so much and I can’t wait till I can see them all again. They remind me that some friends out there are there for you always.
Well anyway, sorry I didn’t blog much this weekend because of that <3
But I’m back baby!
and I’ll probably post a few pictures at some point for you guys from GA
tonight I went to temple and hung out with other Jews and had a great time and ate pizza and had a candy scavenger hunt and watched half of the hunger games
yeah you see guys
pizza and candy are good
Pretty much it comes down to this: I think that everyone should have the right to practice and control what they believe in. I don’t believe that anyone should be persecuted for their beliefs, or forced into a belief system that they do not identify with.
However, I do get a little annoyed when people try to convert me. Not like just once. Just once it’s fine. I say thank you for their interest, but I’m not interested. It’s that easy. It’s when I have to peer-grade a paper in class that talks about how all non-christians are going to hell that gets on my nerves. It’s when a kid stands up in AP World History and defends the crusades massacring the Jews. It’s when people tell my little sister that she’s going to hell for not believing in Jesus. It’s when some of my closest friends still try to get me to come to the christian club even though I’ve told them time and time again that it ‘isn’t my thing’. It’s when people stop being my friend after awhile, not giving me a reason, but I can tell it’s because they want to only hang with people in their religion. It’s when people always tease me about being cheap and having a big nose. It’s when I meet someone new, tell her I’m Jewish, and then she looks at me again and goes “Oooooh yeah you look Jewish!” even though I apparently didn’t look Jewish before she found out.
That’s why I get annoyed. I think that everyone has the right to peacefully practice their religion, but they shouldn’t make other people feel like shit while doing it. And maybe that’s just how Christianity works. I mean, all my life growing up this hasn’t happened happened but a few times, until I reached high school. If people make me feel that upset, and that outcast at school, I feel I have a right to be slightly sad. It’s never fun to be the loner. Especially when you’re already a nerd so you’re a loner anyway. Being a different religion other than Christian in the South Eastern United States can really single you out. Yes, it still can hurt your feelings. But no, I’m not going to convert just because I want to fit in.
Converting would just be saying that I’m weak, that I can’t take it anymore. Converting would be pretending to believe in things that I don’t just to fit in. I’m sorry, but that’s just something that I don’t want to do. That’s why NFTY is great. I post about this all the time, but I mean it. I’ve met Jews all around the country through NFTY and also NFTY’s online networks, and it’s honestly been a lifesaver. Whenever something bad happens. I just go talk to my NFTY friends. Because you know what? 99% of the time, something just like whatever is bugging me has happened to them too.
At NFTY everything is awesome
I try to be social at school but sometimes it’s just hard when I don’t really feel like being there
but like at NFTY it just…feels right
I’d just like to add, that friendship at NFTY is the weirdest, most awesome thing ever. At home, you actually have to work at a friendship. You know, get to know someone, actually introduce yourself, explain things. At NFTY, you walk up to someone and they accept you automatically, no questions asked. You do all that weird and awkward introduction stuff later. You skipped that awkward phase, and just jumped right into the pool of friendship. Also, there’s no friendships where it’s awkward to be friends with certain people. Everyone is friends with everyone so it’s okay. You don’t have to be worried about what other people will think because YOU ARE the other people and you all think it’s okay. That feeling of acceptance and approval, that’s what makes it great.
Even though she doesn’t have a tumblr, LOVE YOU RACHEL