Today marks the end of the first book of Samuel, and of exactly a year of Project 929. In a moment of personal reflection, I can honestly say that I’ve never stuck with a voluntary personal enrichment project for this long. I haven’t missed a day of 929 (thus far). I’ve read a chapter of Tanakh, and blogged about it, five days a week, for this entire year. I’ve written from four different countries and four different states. I’ve written on the day that I moved from Israel back to America, on my first day at my new job, my birthday, and the days of numerous obligations and stresses. This project has provided me with a touchstone, something to prioritize on a daily basis. It’s been challenging to find the time, and to digest some of the content. It’s also been rewarding, to read the original texts of stories that I’ve known for my entire life, and to be exposed to interludes that I knew nothing about. I also love seeing the moments when the stories intertwine with my life, particularly in the last few months, as the Israelites have moved into the land and spend time in the places that I know and love.
I’m finding that I have new appreciation for the commentators. I like reading the text on my own, and providing my own interpretations, but I also feel lost without their guidance. But I’m happy to have the opportunity to add my own voice to the thousands that have read and remarked on these words before me. I’m sure that Year 2 will be more challenging than Year 1. For one thing, the majority of the familiar stories are behind me. This year will have me deeply immersed in Nevi’im, and the stories will move from narrative to prophetic. The books also get longer, with this whole upcoming year not even seeing me to the end of this portion of Tanakh. It’s crazy how much there is to read. But I like having this constant, particularly in a time when so many things are changing in my life. So I’d like to thank all of you, my readers, for joining me on this journey. I hope you’re enjoying the ride along with me!