month after month, year after year, studying Jewish texts and learning about my culture and history.
I am not the most observant of Jews, and those who know me personally know exactly how true those
words are. But I have always had this drive, this passion for learning, this thirst for knowledge, that only a
rigorous Jewish education could quench.
Education starts with teachers. Shoresh has some of the best I have ever studied with. They made Jewish
learning fun, injecting every class with wit, humor, and a dash of the Jewish spirit that we all fed off of. Two
of my favorite memories:
First was the night Rabbi Abramson discussed the proper blessing over wine created in the Replicator
from Star Trek. I believe it was the shehakol, the blessing over food not covered in other blessings, as the
wine’s molecules never came from “the vine”).
Second were the spirited debates between Maryana Harouni and Rabbi Feld. They were extraordinary:
Whenever they were together, it was always either across a table, or poring over some verse in scripture
they were arguing over. The two of them casually tossing out verses of Talmud and Torah, making points
and counterpoints at the drop of a hat; well, it was a sight to behold.
But it is not just the quality of the teachers that make Shoresh so special. What really puts it over the top
are the other students. There was never a night I did not leave impressed with our discussion and the
breadth of our collective knowledge. Our philosophy class this past year had us tackle some deep and
heavy subjects, which we dove into without hesitation. The definition of God, the importance of Israel to
American Jews, and the significance of the Torah’s origins were topics given to us as freely as we were
given math problems in school. It was glorious studying with such interesting and compelling people. I
found myself looking forward to Shoresh as much for my friends as for the classes. I will never forget them.
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