Being in Israel, and being away from your family is very hard. Not everyone who wants to be here has family backing them up. Some girls parents don't even want them to be here. it can be very difficult if you don't have the support. Personally my mother is against my Jewish identity. She is disappointed by me and does not agree with my lifestyle. Its very painful to know that your mother can stop loving you because you happen to be happy. I spoke with my father about this and he had some very interesting words to say. He told me that he is a screw up. He told me that he isn't disappointed in me because he could not have done all the things that I do everyday at my age. He said that he was a screw up from a very early age and he admits that there about seven billion of them in the world. He says he is proud of me because I try and be a better person and I try to learn and I'm a Torah oriented Jew. He says that if a parent has any self confidence in themself what so ever , they will never be disappointed in their children. He told me that if a parent is living through their child they need to get a life. Life is what you make it he said. The only thing we can do is try and be the best we can be, by our standards, not anyone elses. My father told me that if a parent can get up in the morning, brush their teeth, look in the mirror and say that they have some self worth, they will never be disappointed in their children. Children are a blessing. I wanted to share this with everyone. Do not listen to the words of other people. If you are happy and content with yourself, even if your own parents don't agree, continue in the path you are going. All that matters is that you are happy with who you are. And I want to say thank you Dad for being proud of me and for being a screw up.