Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How do you get to Judaism? Practice, man, practice

I finally got around to following a link in the article to which I linked in my previous post, and read Mark Oppenheimer's "Tablet" article, Learning Judaism as a Native Language Requires More Than Synagogue Once a Year.  Boy, ain't that the truth!  It's taken me literally decades to master the siddur/prayerbook, prayer by prayer, psalm by psalm, biblical or rabbinic quotation by quotation.  But it's a really wonderful feeling to be able to walk into any synagogue (well, any Ashkenazi shul, at least), pick up a siddur, and davven/pray in the original Hebrew (with the occasional foray into English or quick peek at the translation).  Try it, you'll like it!  I highly recommend putting in the time to learn one's way around a prayer book and prayer service.  Granted that I'll probably never be able to keep up with the "speed-davveners," but it's nice to feel like an insider and not a foreigner to my own ritual tradition.


Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I forget to include a link explaining this post's title, and when I "Googled" it, I was surprised to discover that the original version is ”Practice, practice, practice.”.

Gotta to admit, also, that I can't just pick up a siddur and davven in *any* Ashkenazi shul--I do get lost a bit when davvening in a shul that uses Nusach S’fard. But I can find my place again fairly easily. And that ability took years of practice to master. But heck, if even Ms. Never-Went-To-A-Yeshiva can do it, so can *you.*

Tue Oct 15, 10:52:00 AM 2013  

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