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Community-wide Effort to Learn Mishnah This Year

At the Shiva house for Bonai Shalom’s School Director Froma Fallik z”l, there has been some really moving and powerful stories shared by Josh and others, painting a very full picture of a remarkable woman.  We have also been studying Mishnah, a primary Rabbinic body of texts, in Froma’s memory.  Froma loved learning and teaching and enjoyed teaching Mishnah to 6th graders before becoming the School Principal at Bonai.  In addition, the Hebrew letters of the word Mishnah are the same letters in a different order to the word Neshamah, meaning soul, so by studying these texts, we connect to the soul of the person we are remembering.

The Mishnah is divided into six Seders, each one of which has different Tractates, each with a variant number of chapters. We are embarking on a community-wide effort to learn the whole of Seder Moed, which deals with laws and customs pertaining to Shabbat and Festivals.  We have created an online sign-up sheet for individuals, pairs or groups to learn one or more chapters between now and Passover (first seder: Monday, March 25, 2013!), with the intention of collectively learning all of it.

Traditionally, Jewish text is studied in havruta, in pairs, so you may want to find a study buddy and pick some chapters to learn together, or learn as a family, or on your own.  We will also plan to meet once or twice as a whole group of learners to share with each other what we have been studying and our insights. There is a great online resource with the English and Hebrew created by Kehillat Hadar to help guide your study.  Sign up now and let’s start learning! Here are the links:

Not sure where to begin? Leave a comment and let’s get started!

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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