On Saturday, September 13th I finally became a Bat Mitzvah. I grew up in a very small town in Ohio – a town so small that the total number of people living there is roughly the same number of people who belong to Temple Sholom. I also grew up as part of an interfaith family. Needless to say I did not grow up with a strong Jewish foundation. It was not until college that I discovered and embraced Judaism (at a Catholic University no less!). After college I struggled with finding the next step on my Jewish journey. I had learned so much about Judaism and its traditions and practices, but I kept feeling like it was somehow not complete, that I needed to do something else.
This Fall we are offering a brand new class in Temple Sholom’s Adult Education curriculum, “Mostly Midrash.” It has two educational goals.
First, we want to help people learn the process of “text study.” If the Torah were written plainly and with no poetry or ambiguity, it would be much simpler to read it and know what it means to be a Good person. But it would also be so boring that we would have left it behind thousands of years ago.