Both of my parents are Jewish by heritage, and both practice the religion in their own way although I will say that my father is a bit more orthodox than my mother. My brother and I are straight bastard children of the faith and are horrible practitioners. I find the limitations that religion imposes on my life unnecessary and ultimately they lead to my unhappiness. There are parts of the tradition of Judaism, and parts of the heritage, that I am drawn to and see purpose in. One of those pieces of the faith is the holiday of Yom Kippur, which is in essence a day of atonement. Some people use it as a day to make up for the bad things they have done to other people, or to reflect on their position in society, or a number of other reasons. I like to use it as a day to make myself better, I like to take a full assesment of myself, see what I’m good at, what I’m not good at, and find a way to improve everything. Thursday is the big day and I wil be spending the day with my father going to and from temple multiple times plus a break the fast dinner. Is this a push towards me being a better Jew?