Reflecting on my last post, it seemed like I was complaining about being the daughter of a Rabbi. That wasn’t how I wanted it to come across; it was just a different upbringing to my friends. After all, which of my friends started to learn to how to read Hebrew from a young age? How many of my friends were able to read Hebrew fast by the time they were 10 years old? Which of them enjoyed reading in Hebrew to their father?
I doubt many of them did! As typical kids they enjoyed playing sport on Saturdays – this is something that didn’t even occur to me to do, simply because I would not be allowed to do, as I needed to be in Synagogue. Sure, my Jewish friends spent some time learning Hebrew reading, but it was certainly not part of their day-to-day routine.
When I think back on my childhood, I only started watching TV when I was 7 years old, and electronics were not a big thing at all in the early 80s. I smile to myself to think that we didn’t have all the gadgets that the kids today have, and how easy it would have been if we had been able to learn to read Hebrew online!