Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hadran Alach!

As the rabbi of YIOP, each morning we would study two mishnayot after davening. Over the years, we covered much of shas, but never finished it, because I skipped Taharot, fearing it two esoteric and complicated to explain in a five-minute shiur.
When we made aliyah about five years ago, we had gotten to the middle of Moed (or somewhere thereabouts), and I decided to continue learning those two Mishnayot each day (6 days a week). This time I didn't skip Taharot, and with the help of some picture books (primarily for Oholot), this morning I finished Shisha Sidrei Mishnah for the first time in my life.
On one hand, I feel great. It's a wonderful accomplishment and a testament to the power of learning a little bit each and every day. At the same time, I'm a little bit embarrassed that it took me over forty years to finish Shas Mishnayot. (Mom, I blame you.)
At the same time, as I've blogged about earlier, I've been learning Mishnah Yomit with my second son since the cycle began in Berachot - and we're now well into Nezikin. And my eldest saw us learning and he decided to study four mishnayot a day, a torrid pace that brought him to complete Shas over Shavuot, a feat that gives me great pride. I'm much, much prouder about his siyyum than I am about mine.
I guess that's reason enough to feel good.

הדרן עלך ששה סדרי משנה.
דעתן עלך ששה סדרי משנה.
לא נתנשי מינך ששה סדרי משנה.
לא בעלמא הדין ולא בעלמא דאתי.