Monday, July 11, 2011

A happy camper: My husband's at Hadar

Some of my North American readers may remember a recent television commercial about a woman who receives some kind of financial reward from her bank or credit card company (I forget which). She uses the money to send a loved one to camp. But the loved one isn't her child, it's her husband, and the camp is a guitar camp for would-be rock stars.

We found ourselves in a similar situation recently when the Social Security Administration compensated my husband for having underestimated his monthly pension. So when my husband started sighing over Yeshivat Hadar's Executive Seminar, I encouraged him to enroll.

He's now engrossed in studying the Talmudic Masechet (tractate) Sanhedrin, perek shemini (chapter 8) with a chevruta (study partner) from Chicago, learning about what halachah (Jewish religious law) permits and does not permit for the purpose of saving a life. And that's just in the morning. In the afternoon, there are shiurim (classes, lectures) about such topics as "Who is a Jew?," "The Philosophy of Abraham Joshua Heschel," etc.

My husband has always been interested in study opportunities. We hope to be able to send him back to the same "camp" next summer.

A reminder for New York City metropolitan-area residents: This summer, through Aug. 2, Hadar is offering free classes and lectures on Monday and/or Tuesday evenings at 7:15. I'll be attending Amit's class on the siddur/prayer book this evening. Hope to see you there!



Blogger { T G L } said...

I've heard amazing things about Mechon Hadar - I hope he has a wonderful time and comes back a real talmid chacham :)

This Good Life

Tue Jul 12, 08:17:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Well, that won't happen in a week :), but it's a good start. My husband says he's learning how to study in chevruta (with a study partner).

Tue Jul 12, 10:41:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Those of you attending tonight's Open Beit Midrash at Hadar will find me in Amit's siddur class--we usually sit at a table in the back on the left. I'll be wearing a light blue T shirt with a modest V neck and three decorative buttons, and I'll have a pink paisley bandanna on my head (or, if I get too lazy to "tie one on," :), a pink baseball hat).

Tue Jul 12, 11:00:00 AM 2011  
Blogger Eliyahu said...

I was hoping for a seminar in value billing, for increased income. Seriously, what a wonderful opportunity! Blessings!

Tue Jul 12, 05:49:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Forget about value billing--my husband's ditching his practice after next tax season, and one of his reasons for doing so (in addition to the fact that he'll be 70 by then) is to give him more time for studying divrei kodesh/sacred texts and other aspects of Jewish tradition. This is definitely a great opportunity.

Wed Jul 13, 12:19:00 PM 2011  

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