This Jewish Calendar year of 5778 finds me circling back to my teenage roots with more nostalgia than usual, in part I believe because I’m feeling the connection of youth through our eldest granddaughter Atara who is spending the year in Israel. The immersion in “learning” that occurs there resonates with some of what I learned during teen years at the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia, as well as questions I had that were left unanswered at the time. Perhaps not coincidentally, one of those years was spent under the tutelage of Rabbi Yaakov Stefansky, and I just received a flyer in the mail for a two volume set based on his concepts.
Those were eye-opening days, and I distinctly recall the spiritual immersion singing songs of the Festival of Lights at the houses of these scholars – my favorite being “Yevanim Nikbitzu …”
This has been an enjoyable Chanukah season on a personal level, solitude balanced with family gatherings, topped off with an insightful article shared by my sister-in-law Ruthi. Looking forward to celebrating many more!