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Shalom friends and readers

23 May 2010 1,664 views No Comment

Shalom friends and readers in Diaspora.
When you write to me in English or talk to me on the phone it inspires me to make the effort to write in English, which is now a passive language for me.

When I learned Hebrew as ‘Ola Hadasha’ I felt that Hebrew is alive deeply in my soul and all I have to do is remember it. I could recite many chapters of Torah and Prophets after reading them aloud one time… I felt familiar with the language of Torah and Mishna and their background faster than any other text. I read more Torah and Mishna during classes any moment I could hide the books from my teachers and the other students who laughed at me and called me a book-worm, and Mori Barocho – rebi Bracha – that is a lazy girl that wants excuses to avoid helping mom at home.

I had to hide in the garden to read in daytime or cover with a sheet in bed to hide the books I read.

I felt guilty of “wasting my time reading” or learning when I am supposed to be a good wife and mother or a house keeper – it seemed so weird for a Yemenite girl to be “koo-koo” (nuts) from reading and doing “boys and men jobs”. I enjoyed reading so much that I wanted to write my own books – because I could not find books talking about people like myself or my best friends or the women I admired or “the illiterate” simple people I knew and liked.

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