Posted on November 1, 2009 by David Bogomolny
I didn’t immediately pause to consider this, but I quickly became attached to my slippers. They’re comfortable, but more importantly, they are my own: I decided to purchase them, I shopped for them, and they have become part of my daily life – I wear them whenever I am home.
At about the same time (I think) I purchased a table shtender for myself to make studying texts more comfortable. A shtender allows students to read their books at an incline, rather than having to bend over their tables, as you may be able to tell from the photograph.
“כל אדם קורא כדרכו”
Out of context, it’s not clear what is being “read” in this quote because it’s not specified. When one has this quote inscribed upon a shtender, it seems to suggest my point: that everybody understands the Torah in hir own way. I was thrilled to find this phrase in the Mishna :)The Olive Wood Factory (store in J’lem) was closed when I first visited there, but I got my shtender personalized with my quote & my last name, both of which are fairly uncommon. I immediately became attached to it. I’d put thought into it, shopped for it, personalized it, etc. And it certainly makes studying texts more comfortable 🙂
Having my own shtender in the beit midrash (study hall) is comforting. The other day, I reached my hand upwards for it (I keep it on top of a tall book shelf), and it occurred to me that I feel a greater sense of “home” in the beit midrash because something personal of mine awaits me there. My shtender has become a part of my daily life at Pardes – just as my slippers have become a part of my daily life at home. It’s interesting how much inanimate objects can affect one’s mood!