Had I been born in Israel I think that I would have been quite happy to be a Jew, if Afghanistan a Muslim, or perhaps Hindu if I had been born in India. Regardless, I would like to think that I would still have wanted more than anything to enjoy the customs, dishes, history, humor, rituals, sacred music, and rich traditions and wisdom of everyone around me. Such was the case for me growing up in Caldwell, New Jersey.
While I resemble an African American, I am also Native American, White American, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Buddhist, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Hasidim, Muslim, straight, gay, republican, democrat and independent. I am a product of NJ DFYS, foster families, the goodwill of many, and out of immense gratitude I choose to be a strong advocate for all that is defined as decent, just, kind, peaceful, pure, and truthful and sincere in all of us.