Torah Teachings… Closer, Closer and Even Closer!
“The Torah is very close to you.” That was true when Moshe said these words thousands of years ago… and it’s even truer today, more than ever! Think about it. When Jews first began learning the Mishnah and Gemara, for example, they had to write the words on scrolls… by hand! It was a long painstaking process and extremely expensive.
With the invention of printing, Jewish holy books, a.k.a. Sefarim, became more readily available, but many volumes of Sefarim were still hard to come by. Believe it or not, even just a few generations ago, it was not uncommon for a large Jewish community to exist without a complete set of the Talmud!
Nowadays, the learning options have expanded beyond belief, for example:
- Someone teaches a Torah class in Jerusalem and… poof! Within seconds, his or her words are available to everyone and anybody, all over the world – even in Sheboygan, Wisconsin! (Yes, that’s a real place!) Indeed, with a tap of a finger, whether on your tablet, computer, or phone, you can hear Torah classes and learn from the greatest of scholars.
- With the latest technology making publishing easy as pie, you can walk into any Jewish bookstore and find shelves filled with more Torah books than ever, with new books on all subjects being printed weekly.
- There are computer programs that make searching the Torah for a specific subject a breeze. If you want to find a quote from an obscure Sefer, within moments you can find it.
- Looking to print a Sefer, but it’s out of print? No problem! You can print it on your own personal printer (just make sure you have enough ink and paper…that’s quite a lot of printing!)
- There are even games that help you learn Torah. In fact, Shazak created popular computer programs called “Learn to Learn Chumash” and “Learn to Learn Gemara,” which teach Chumash and Gemara vocabulary in a fun and exciting way (in our “humble” opinion… hum, hum).
- And of course, let’s not forget… the splendiferous Shazak Parsha, which you’re enjoying right now!
Indeed, “The Torah is very close to you!”