Monica Rozenfeld moves to Brooklyn with two roommates — a Catholic and an observant Jew — and they each seek understanding of what it means to be religious.
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What Girls Meet G-d Taught Me
It’s hard to believe nearly 18 months ago Monica, Farrah and I moved to Brooklyn. Remembering the fun times, it seems to have blown by. But, when looking back on each of our posts for this blog it seems like a lifetime ago. While I know each of us will admit this was a difficult task to take on, I’m glad we took the challenge.
As a result, we spent the majority of the last year questioning our faith, discovering what is most important, and sharing it with each other and Busted Halo readers. I think we all learned a little more about ourselves in the process too.
Before I met Monica in college I didn’t have any Jewish friends. So, when I moved in with her and Farrah I was quickly introduced to many new traditions and beliefs. I attended my first Shabbat when Farrah hosted one at the apartment and soon learned to steer clear of her kosher cookware. Farrah’s unwavering faith and my heart-to-heart talks with Monica made me question my Catholic upbringing and the majority of my posts have reflected this as well as intertwined my love of music.
Writing for Busted Halo opened me up to new adventures including a trip to Madrid for World Youth Day, something I will always be grateful for. I stepped foot in Spain unsure of what would occur during my time there and left in awe. The people I met; the kids, nuns, priests, all provided answers to my innermost questions and while I wouldn’t quite call my experience a spiritual awakening, it did make me more conscious about praying and accepting my Catholic beliefs. In part, I think it did have an impact on my decision to attend church every week this year.
While 2012 ends this blog as a writing outlet for us, the things I’ve learned about myself and my roommates in the process will stay with me forever. Additionally, my ability to open up and write from my experiences in first person has continued to shape me and makes my career goal of completing a memoir that much easier. Though this is my last blog post, I know my spiritual journey will never be over and I plan to continue to explore and thank Busted Halo for allowing me the opportunity to do so.