This week, finally, I had my initial “session” with my Partner in Torah. The person I’m learning with is semi-local, so I decided that our first learning experience should be in person. It was great. He’s a really friendly guy. Partner’s in Torah even supplied us with a curriculum, which made things much easier than the pressure of trying to figure out what to learn.
As we were learning, I admit, I felt rather grateful for my own Jewish education that I was able to receive after finishing public high school. It’s funny how there are so many things I think of as givens within Jewish thought and law that, in fact, were so foreign to me years ago. On the drive back I thought about an idea I learned from Eeyore many year ago.
“I’m telling you. People come and go in this Forest, and they say, ‘It’s only Eeyore, so it doesn’t count.’ They walk to and fro saying, ‘Ha ha!’ But do they know anything about A? They don’t. It’s just three sticks to them. But to the Educated – mark this, little Piglet- to the Educated, not meaning Poohs and Piglets, it’s a great and glorious A.” -Eeyore, summarized from The House at Pooh Corner (chapter 5)
How each of us sees things is based on our own background and knowledge. It’s very easy to live a traditional Jewish life and forget that to those not blessed with the same opportunites you’ve had, ‘A’ is just three sticks.
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