Why I Observe Yom Kippur In College

Why I Observe Yom Kippur In College

Yom Kippur might seem like an ordinary day but I'll always observe it.


College provides students with different opportunities. It can be looked at as that last chance of fun before adulthood but other people can look at it as finding more about yourself and seeing what may work best for you. Coming into college, I struggled with who I wanted to be portrayed as and it took me years to realize that I did not need to change certain ideas about me. The college has allowed me to realize who I want to be and how to portray myself in life but it has also allowed me to keep some things from before college.

Judaism has been and always will be a huge part of my life. While this sentence may sound cliche it is something I have always stood by and something I continuously stress. Even though I am away from home and might not be as religious as I was growing up I still always make time for my faith and find ways to observe the religion that means so much to me. One of these ways is by observing the holiday of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur follows Rosh Hashanah and is known as the Day of Atonement. We take this day to repent for all the sins we have done in the past year and think of ways for how we can be better for the upcoming year.

I started fasting when I was 13 and have been able to do this spiritual event for almost ten years. While I have heard people ask me how can I go a day without drinking and eating I realize that it is just one of the many ways to show my seriousness towards repenting. Not everyone in the world is going to be perfect and we will all make mistakes but I look at Yom Kippur as a way to see how I can do better. I have always made it a point for me to fast in college and if time allows me to go to services during Yom Kippur.

I faced one of the biggest challenges for me last year when Yom Kippur fell on the same day as a football game. It was the first time it had ever happened to me while I was in college and I did not know how to prepare for it. I saw myself dividing my day between services and seeing my friends before the game and eventually finding time to eat before the game started that night. While other people may have looked at Saturday as a regular day I made sure to remember the importance of Yom Kippur and even though it might not have happened when I liked to still follow the rules, as I had done in years past.

Yom Kippur can be a struggle sometimes because we are so used to eating and drinking but this allows to have time to myself when I typically wouldn't. I can think about how hungry and thirsty I am throughout the day or how tired I am, I remember why I fast each year. Each year we do things we are not proud of and Yom Kippur is a day for which we ask for forgiveness. It is not as simple as looking at the ground and saying sorry but we as Jews need to show that we are genuinely apologizing. Yom Kippur allows me to remember what I have done and how I can do better for the future. There might be times where it can be tough but I will always go out of my way to celebrate Yom Kippur and find ways to grow for the upcoming year.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.

College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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45 Songs To Add To Your Memorial Day Playlist

Songs to truly remember what the holiday is for.


I come from a family that would always go to the lake for Memorial Day and grill with friends and family. However, we always flew our flag and remembered why we celebrate Memorial Day. Both my granddads fought back when you didn't have a choice, back when young men died to protect this great country. To this day there are brave men and women dying to protect this great country and for you to be able to grill with your family. Here are 45 songs to add to your playlist.

1. ‘Letters from Home’ by John Michael Montgomery 

2. ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)’ by Alan Jackson

3. ‘God Bless The USA’ by Lee Greenwood

4. ‘In Color’ by Jamey Johnson

5. ‘Something to Be Proud Of’ by Montgomery Gentry

6. ‘Old Army Hat’ by Billy Ray Cyrus

7. ‘One Hell Of An Amen’ by Brantley Gilbert

8. ‘Ragged Old Flag’ by Johnny Cash

9. ‘American Soldier’ by Toby Keith 

10. ‘God Bless America’ by Martina McBride 

11. ‘Some Gave All’ by Billy Ray Cyrus

12. ‘8th of November’ by Big & Rich

13. ‘Call A Marine’ by Toby Keith 

14. ‘Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue’ by Toby Keith 

15. ‘Song of the Patriot’ by Johnny Cash

16. ‘I Just Cane Back (From A War)’ by Darryl Worley

17. ‘I Stand For The Flag’ by Wes Cook Band

18. ‘Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly’ by Aaron Tippin

19. ‘For You’ by Keith Urban

20. ‘Blood Brothers’ by Luke Bryan

21. ‘It’s America’ by Rodney Atkins

22. ‘Fallen Soldier’ by Nathan Fair

23. ‘Brothers’ by Dean Brody

24. ‘If I Don’t Make It Back’ by Tracy Lawrence

25. ‘Semper Fi’ by Trace Adkins

26. ‘Only in America’ by Brooks & Dunn

27. ‘Ships That Don’t Come In’ by Joe Diffie

28. ‘Have You Forgotten?’ By Darryl Worley

29. ‘Heroes Come from Small Towns’ by Rockie Lynne

30. ‘Arlington’ by Trace Adkins

31. ‘Riding With Private Malone’ by David Ball

32. ‘POW 369’ by Darryl Worley

33. ‘Red White & Blue’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd 

34. ‘We Fought Hard’ by Billy Ray Cyrus 

35. ‘A Soldier’s Memoir (PTSD Song)’ by Joe Bachman

36. ‘Boy in a Uniform’ by Rockie Lynne

37. ‘Nineteen’ by Billy Ray Cyrus

38. ‘This Ain’t No Rag, It’s A Flag’ by Charlie Daniels Band

39. ‘America Will Survive’ by Hank Williams, Jr.

40. ‘Til The Last Shot’s Fired’ by Trace Adkins

41. ‘If You’re Reading This’ by Tim McGraw 

42. ‘Survivor Guilt’ by Rise Against

43. ‘Hero Of War’ by Rise Against 

44. ‘Ballad of Balad’ by Toby Keith

45. ‘I Want You to Live’ by George Canyon

This year as you are gathering around the table about to chow down on a burger or hotdog remember the ones who have given the ultimate sacrifice to allow you the freedom to have a great time. Happy Memorial Day!

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