Monday, August 27, 2007

Reb School Answer #1

אֲנִי הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר שִׁנֵּס אֲזוֹרוֹ
וְלֹא יֶרֶף עֲדֵי יָקוּם אֱסָרוֹ...

I am the man who has tightened his belt
and will not let go until his vow is fulfilled...

Ani Ha’ish by R' Shelomo ben Yehuda Ibn-Gabirol

First day of rabbinical school.

What can I say? Sometimes these orientation speeches and introductions and inspirational shmoozes are boring. Mostly they weren't. This is a really great place. I thought I would go in nervous and anxious, maybe feeling like a faker because of my ambivalencies towards the rabbinate and its place in education.

But it was really good. Not much else to say. Unfortunately, my blogging frequency may go down again; being a student all day is a lot more time-intensive than being a teacher with a few preps, a few classes, and loads of free periods mixed in. Especially when you're trying to understand, absorb, memorize and integrate unending torrents of Halakhic rulings, realia and references. It's a lot of work. A heck of a lot of work. But I'm not scared anymore.


Blogger Lion of Zion said...

just out of curiosity, can we come to you for heterim after you graduate?

8/29/2007 12:50 AM  
Blogger micha said...

Does this mean you're trying for job security?

Seriously, I stopped by to look up your email address, as I just learned your employer is closing...


8/29/2007 5:40 PM  
Blogger Abacaxi Mamao said...

Yay for not being scared! Fear is one major reason why I haven't gone back to school yet. (The other is that I don't know what I would go back to school FOR. Minor detail.)

8/30/2007 12:29 PM  
Blogger J. "יהוא בן יהושפט בן נמשי" Izrael said...


I Hope you don't feel hated there!

8/30/2007 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm Not Scared" is a great Italian film from a few years ago that I got a free pass to hanging around Bryant Park..ah those were the days.

8/31/2007 12:52 PM  
Blogger Neil Harris said...

Now you know how your students felt, eh?
Glad to read the report.

9/01/2007 11:17 PM  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Mazal tov, and best of luck. (You'll need it.) You have some hard work ahead.

On the plus side, having read the article in the NY Jewish Week about the premature "demise" of your former employer--another day school bites the dust, unfortunately--I join Micha in saying that your timing is impeccable.

9/02/2007 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

call it yeshiva, not rabbinical school. it gives yourself and teh institution more credibility.

9/07/2007 12:54 PM  
Blogger thanbo said...

so when is yctorah going to set up something parallel to

9/09/2007 11:39 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


and the answer is... אסור!


i'm looking for a lot of things, whether i find them is a different story.


i suggest Geology.


thanks, we'll see how it goes ;-)




i never gave this much work :-P




interesting. is that true? what if i just say that i'm "learning for semikha"?


i think there's some stuff up on the website.

9/10/2007 12:02 AM  
Blogger Phillip Minden said...

learning for semikha

No good:

1. Smikhe. The [i] is optionally short to mark it as in-the-know Yiddish. Even better: short stressed i, long unstressed e.

2. You don't learn for smikhe anyway. You're learning. Or better yet, lεγniŋ. (Lεγniŋk would be too much Yiddish, too little "that's how I speak English"). In the phrase "I'm learning", the verb is actually transitive with an inherent object, but many beginner linguists think it's intransitive, as do many advanced bocherim.

(Word verification finally gives us the term for "word verification chain of letters, which happens to make some sense or looks funny and might be noteworthy", namely: ksujzm. Probably influenced by words like 'truism', and using the Semitic root k-s-w.)

9/12/2007 3:54 AM  

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