My mother passed when I was 13 and it really impacted my life. After moving around a lot as a child, our family finally settled back in Dallas, a few blocks from where I remember my childhood. To figure things out, I joined the US Army during wartime and served 4.5 years in a cavalry tank unit, two of which were Iraq tours. I left the Army, started college, and met a Rabbi. I spent the next 15 months in Israel learning about Judaism. I am now in Dallas, starting school again, doing what I really enjoy: business investments.