So, I’ve come to the end of the second book of Tanakh. In some ways, I can’t even comprehend how much there is left to go in this challenge that I’ve set for myself. It’s been almost five months, and I haven’t missed a day. But so far, it’s still been easy – most of the chapters are pretty straightforward, and are following a chronological order of events. Therefore, the story-telling aspect of Tanakh is still intact, and will be for a while longer (luckily). Some of the new challenges that have come up in this book have been trying to find meaning every day, even when the content becomes seemingly repetitive, and pretty dry, particularly with regards to the mishkan design/building, which took up more than a few days of reading. Additionally, as some of the most meaningful days in the Jewish calendar (for me) have fallen during the reading of this book, I’ve actively tried to find meaningful connections between the seemingly random daily chapters and the backdrop of the Jewish and Israeli calendar. This period in particular, the Yomim (Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut), has been particularly meaningful, because for the first time, I’ve been truly feeling the emotions of these various days as an Israeli, not just a Jew. My Israeliness is what motivated my participation in Project 929, but it is largely my Judaism that is growing as a result. I do feel the connection to my fellow Israelis who are participating in the project, as I wrote about in my last reflection, and I feel myself thinking about the content from a growing Israeli mindset. But it’s as a Jew that I’m largely benefitting from the experience of reading each chapter carefully, and exploring the words that are our heritage. I look forward to the next book, which I know contains many laws. As someone whose Judaism isn’t fully bound by halakha, I want to see what meaning I can find for myself and my own life by reading the original laws given to our people.
Thank you all for joining me on this journey. Right now, 90 chapters down, 839 to go!