There is a legend of Rabbi Akiva, one of the greatest influences in our tradition, and his humble beginnings. Before he became a great scholar he was a humble shepherd in the field. More to the point he was unlearned in all things beyond his profession. Until it happened one day he noticed the slow drip of water eroding the surface of a rock. From this observation Akiva concluded, “If water can wear down a stone one drop at a time, than it is never too late to engage in the study of Torah.” From that day on Akiva dedicated himself to Torah and took it all in “one drop at a time”.
Similarly to Rabbi Akiva’s experience we all come to Jewish learning at different stages and abilities. From starting with the Alef-Bet to debating the philosophical nature of God, learning takes time. Therefore Temple Beth-El strives to provide many vehicles and pathways to speak to the diversity of our community. Take a look at what we currently offer; we are very excited about our programming. If you do not see something that resonates with you, let us know and we will strive to fill your need.
Yet always remember “If water can wear down a stone one drop at a time, than it is never too late to engage in the study of Torah.”