There is an exceptionally unique night on the Jewish schedule. That is the evening of the Jewish occasion we call Shavuot. There is a practice to go through the entire evening concentrating on Torah, engaged in teaching oneself the entire night in every one of the numerous parts of Jewish information. Who do you suppose goes through this late evening concentrating on Torah?
The world class researchers of the Jewish public? A chosen handful organizations of higher learning in places like Israel and New York? Definitely, them as well. In any case, this occasion is for Each JEW. The evening of Shavuot tens, perhaps a huge number of Jews will go to temples all over the planet to go through the late evening learning. Men, ladies, youngsters, researchers, and not-yet researchers. This occasion is for us all.
The acclaimed researcher, Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch, said all that needed to be said when he portrayed Judaism as maybe the main religion on the planet that looks to deliver its church unnecessary. As strange as it could appear to be after above and beyond 1,000 years of some pastorate keeping the majority from acquiring information, or from simply watching the large numbers of individuals around us who care very little about understanding anything about their own religions, it was a much needed refresher to realize that Judaism needs every Jew, no matter what, to acquire all suitable information about Judaism.
This has consistently dazzled me to such an extent. Yet additionally scares me. As fast as I one discovers that the Jewish confidence urges you to learn all that there is to be familiar with Judaism, you figured out how little you knew, and the unending ocean of how much there is to learn. Fortunately for us all, there is an answer for this “issue”. Yeshiva.
Yeshivas are organizations of Jewish training where understudies go through the whole day concentrating on the old texts of the Jewish public. There are scores of them dispersed all through the world, with large number of Jewish understudies acquiring information in a manner absolutely in opposition to the manner in which we Americans have come to consider schooling. There are no tests, no grades. There’s no piece of paper to get when the day is finished. You plunge your face in the books and you seek divine intervention that when all the air clears, you’re more proficient than you were ahead of time.