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Sometimes Free Isn't Always Better

Being Jewish and Catholic both religions I felt no connection to. I heard about the birthright trip to Israel but honestly didn’t feel it was for me because I wasn’t even close to being Jewish despite having Jewish blood and a Jewish last name. I was coming up on my twenty seventh year, which is the cut off to go on this trip. At the last minute, I decided to go for it without any expectation of what was going to happen or what it was going to be about. My father is Jewish and my mother is Catholic, they are not too religious and have tried to pass down their religious views when I was little but according to my mom, I was not a fan of either one. Within the last six to seven years, I did my research for my Italian ancestry and found I could become an Italian citizen. I loved the process of figuring out the missing puzzle pieces of who I am and where I came from. As excited as I was to find out where I came from on my mother’s side, I felt a missing piece to the puzzle where I came from on my dad’s side.