It happens every year. The resolve to make that year’s Shavuos night learning reminiscent of those long-ago yeshiva days, and deciding upon the perfect limud to make that happen. Should I attend a shiur, catch up on the daf, say tikkun, or choose one inyan to learn from start to finish?
But let’s be honest – many, if not most, of us find it difficult to keep our eyes open the entire night, let alone learn with geshmack. Personally I’ve tried everything. And nothing’s worked – yet.
So, this year I will be trying something completely different. An advertisement for the Shivti Shavuos sefer in this past week’s Yated jumped out at me. I’ve seen the regular Shivti booklets around at local shuls and was impressed with the material and the clarity with which it was presented. That might by just what I need to finally experience the Shavuos night I have been aiming for so many years. The perfect blend of learning b’yiun with a structure to cover the entire sugya. Enough lomdus to keep me awake, and enough material to be able to study and cover ground, and the best part is that sense of accomplishment as I recapture the learning experience of my youth.
Ah frelichen Kabolas Hatorah to all.