Thursday, February 24, 2005

16. Ridiculous

Chanting Torah was a completely foreign concept; I had never even entertained the idea of entertaining it. How could I, in good conscience, stand in front of my community and pretend to tell a story in which I didn't understand 99% of the words? Going up to the bima was also intimidating. I felt unworthy of being near the Torah scroll; my knees shook on the few occasions when I was part of a group aliyah.

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