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Take Off the Training Wheels

Gaining Jewish literacy requires pushing beyond your comfort zone.


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Published: November 24, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 9

(7) Gavin-Chaim, November 28, 2012 12:23 AM

Thank you

Dear Lori,thank you for the challenge.There is also infinite value for the learning you do at any stage but I agree with you Lori,the dating is over,it is time to be serious

(6) Anon, November 27, 2012 8:06 PM

All well and good, but playing catch-up can take a lifetime -- or even longer

Yes, we all have to take off the training wheels sometime. But the rocky path to fluency in reading and understanding the siddur, the Chumash and the Gemara shouldn't be minimized. I've been a ba'al teshuva for 24 years. And despite my best efforts, best attitude, not to mention davening three times a day seven days a week, I still stumble over Hebrew words, as well as combinations of consonants and vowels Just the other day, for example, I realized that for years I had been misreading and mispronouncing a letter-vowel combination. And allthough I'd very much like to be able to daven with greater fluency, I often doubt I'll ever get there, despite my best efforts. For someone like myself, who is well read and who has a solid education in the liberal arts, stumbling and fumbling my way through the siddur is a humbling experience -- and I haven't even tackled Rashi script! I know our tradition says that where a ba'al teshuva walks, even a tzaddik cannot stand. But there isn't a day that goes by that I wish I had gone to Hebrew day school -- even a secular one -- so as to have received a solid grounding in Hebrew reading and vocabulary. In fact, I often envy those ba'alei teshuva who grew up secular, but who still attended a Jewish day school, if only for their firm foundation in the Hebrew language!

(5) Anonymous, November 27, 2012 3:11 PM

It' s Expensive

I will soon be retiring. I am not a beginner to Jewish life, lore amd earning but I now have time and inclination to go deeper. I checked out a few offerings at my local Hebrew College. They are way too expensive for your average retiree. i gave up the notion sadly.

Anonymous, November 27, 2012 4:43 PM

there are free ways too

Contact www.Partnersintorah.org at 1-800-study-4-2 or www.torahmates.org at 1-877-Torah123 and they will set you up with a FREE study partner.

(4) Harry Pearle, November 27, 2012 2:50 PM

Take Torah Learning Steps with the Aid of a Staples "EASY" Button

Thanks, Lori for the encourage. You will remember that I gave you an EASY button, in Rochester, on Dec.11. The button says: ' that was easy". I encourage people to get their own EASY buttons from Staples (in the US, Canada or UK). Cost is $6 US (and there is now free shipping for the holiday shopping period). Great for kids in school. Easy does it!

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