Teachers, Classmates -- and What's Important
Most of my friends are shocked when they find out I still go to Hebrew School. They are even more
surprised to hear that I actually look forward to my classes each week. I explain that this is more than your
average Hebrew School; our classes cover so many interesting and relevant topics, and our teachers truly
value our opinions in class discussions. But, more than that, it is the people who draw me back week after
week. Each of my classmates has made me laugh, reconsider my views, get riled up in a debate, and see
Judaism in a new light. ... MORE
A Set of Skills
When we studied the Book of Judges in 10th grade, we read many stories of ancient Israel – stories of
wars and their heroes and of conflict between monarchists and supporters of other political systems. One
story that stuck with me was the story of Abimelech. In this story, Jotham stood on a mountain over
Shechem and delivered a parable. Why is this story relevant? Why should we care? ... MORE
Questioning is the Backbone of Judaic Studies
If there is one thing that I have learned from all my years of study at Shoresh, it is that questioning is the
backbone of Judaic studies. We would not progress as a religion if we did not question every little thing in
the Tanach. It is what the students in yeshivot in Israel do for eleven hours a day, it is what rabbis do
when they prepare their weekly sermons, and finally, it is what we have done in Shoresh for the past five
years. And, I have to say, I have learned a ton as a result of it.
Shoresh has taught me to question everything I read -- whether it is an article written by a famous and
revered rabbi, or a simple passage from the Tanach. What makes Shoresh so special is that we were
not just asked questions by our teachers, but rather challenged to ask our own questions, and encouraged
to continue discussions relating to those questions, even if they took up the entire class period.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences at Shoresh and could not have asked for a better Jewish
Cultivating Jewish Relationships
Buber believes that in every real interpersonal relationship, there is a bit of holiness, a spark. This is what
has kept me coming back to Shoresh, every Sunday from 6 to 9, when I could have been doing homework
or sleeping. Instead, I am cultivating these I-Thou relationships with my classmates and teachers.
In Hebrew, Shoresh means root. In keeping with the name, I have always felt that the Shoresh community
has provided a root to continue living a Jewish life. My teachers and classmates have continued to amaze
and inspire me over the course of the 5 years we have spent together.
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