I’ve always enjoyed learning, When I was in seminary, I applied myself vigorously to my studies. I loved to learn in English, in Hebrew, on my own, with a partner, in class. Loved it. I wanted to keep it up forever. In my innocent, naive single way, I imagined that I would always be able to learn intensely.
4 1/2 years and three children later, I see that it’s not realistic for me, at this exact point in my life, to be cracking open a mikros gedolos and start translating commentary from rishonim. Maybe some women could do it, but my brain is just not up to it right now. Maybe in the unforeseeable future.
Without a constant presence of learning in my life, I found that it was difficult for me to stay connected to my spiritual center. And although I am totally getting spiritual credit for doing things like changing diapers, doing laundry, and feeding my family, those are not exclusively Jewish activities, connecting me more to mothers in general than to my Jewishness. Not having grown up with Torah values, I need to have refreshers here and there, to remind me of the values which drew me to this lifestyle in the first place.
Enter my friend who let me know that I could learn through Partners in Torah. And that I could win an iPad. Or maybe it was the other way around. I don’t know. But I signed up for a Partner in Torah, and was matched up with an amazing, inspiring woman. We learn the weekly Torah portion. I love it. It’s great.
As for the iPad, go over to www.mysiyum.com and check it out. They explain it much better than I can, in my sleep-deprived state. Basically, sign up to learn something Jewish and you can enter to win an iPad. But it also dovetails with the Siyum HaShas, and has some nice Jewish Unity aspects to it, so, really, take a minute and go check it out.
For one of my entries into the raffle, I made a video detailing why I’m glad I took the time to sign up for Partners in Torah. Check it out: