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!