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November 24, 2012
November 28, 2012 12:23 AM
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
November 26, 2012 10:43 PM
Lori, when I watched this video I felt like you were speaking directly to me. Maybe Hashem sent you to me as a wake up call.
November 27, 2012 11:00 AM
Wake up call for me too.
November 26, 2012 4:06 PM
Helping others "tke off the training wheels"
I am learning with somone who is at the stage of being able to start to understand Hebrew language. I know that many others learn to read but then do most of their praying, etc. in English.
Can you suggest a book to use to teach Torah Hebrew language to adults? Even eduacators I speak to give me a blank stare about this and can only refer to 3rd grade books or really sofisticated grammar books.
November 25, 2012 1:37 PM
Hard to take off 'wheels'
This video speaks to me, as I am in the stage Lori so describes and I know that something has to be done. I think that growth, when you are so busy with other aspects of your life - parnasa, finding shidduch, etc is tough. Right now, Iam not moving forward, but I find that the little time I have at the end of the day goes towards 'maintaining the status quo' Do you have tips for the actual method of taking it to the next level where the prospects (not in terms of content but rather time and energy) seem daunting?
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