Monday, February 13, 2006

Hadran - Plowing In The Winter

Over the weekend, I finished learning Maseches Sukka and today I began Maseches Megillah.

...and this posting is still as applicable now as it was back in November.

I just need to keep reminding myself of Yosef's insightful comment, "The first time through is always the hardest‭, 'plowing the soil‭'. ‬The fruit comes from review‭, ‬when it all fits together and becomes clear in your mind‭."

8 Comments:

At February 13, 2006 at 8:16:00 AM EST, Anonymous Yehoshua Karsh said...

Mazel Tov! You are an inspiration.

 
At February 13, 2006 at 8:21:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Rabbi Karsh: Thank you very much for your kind comment. I truly appreciate it!

 
At February 13, 2006 at 10:07:00 AM EST, Anonymous chabakuk elisha said...

Mazal Tov! May you go from strength to strength, an complete many more!

An interesting tidbit: In Maseches Megilla the Gemora quotes Megillas Esther 127 times (as in the 127 nations ruled by Achashveirosh)!
Now you'll have the opportunity to keep count ;-)

 
At February 13, 2006 at 10:16:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thank you, Chabakuk Elisha. That is a very good fact to remember - especially since I am only on 2a.

I wonder how anyone ever figured that out and what prompted them to keep count.

I once tried to keep record of how many times the Baal Shem Tov is quoted in Degel Machaneh Ephraim. I got up to 125 at the end of Parshas Metzora and then stopped counting....

 
At February 13, 2006 at 5:27:00 PM EST, Anonymous LazerBeams said...

B"H
Mazal tov, SJ! With Hashem's everloving help, may you merit to finish the entire Shas! With tons of blessings, LB

 
At February 13, 2006 at 7:33:00 PM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Rabbi Brody: Thank you for your continual encouragement! Without it I would have never picked up a Gemara and started learning it again. G-d willing, one day I will finish the entire Shas as you wrote.

 
At February 13, 2006 at 8:40:00 PM EST, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

Mazal Tov, ASJ, on finishing the masechta, but even more so for perservering during the tough times in learning. You are an inspiration and source of tremendous chizuk, as always. Looking forward to many future such announcements from you....

 
At February 14, 2006 at 6:41:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks MCAryeh!

 

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