Their spirited arguments escorted me as I drifted off to sleep. As in her Talmud class where she shows us how she works out answers to the questions her readings pose and where we see our responses and insights, even the ones that turn out to be misperceptions and dead ends, add to understanding, hers and our own. Her quiet revolution of lifelong learning and practice has become an audible roar. It was my lullaby. It is an honor to study with Jews of all backgrounds who embrace many shades of belief. I can read the individual faces even in a roomful of many students. It became my wakeful fantasy to learn it all, to discover everything that lay beneath the covers of those books, and then to become a teacher. All this Rivy funneled into her involvement in the Religious Zionist Youth Group, Bnei Akiva, where she moved from member to madricha to Mazkirat Galil— a fertile training ground for her future work.
It is that light that descended with Moshe at Sinai, that was passed on to each of us. It is an honor to study with Jews of all backgrounds who embrace many shades of belief. I watch them carefully, read them closely as I would a knotty text. They were learning together in that Talmudic sing-song voice. Because she knows so much more than many of us, because she prepares so thoroughly for each class, and because she welcomes our contributions as well, she keeps us all at the table—Orthodox, Reform, Jewish Renewal, secular, Conservative, or uncertain of where we stand— talking and learning together and coming back for more, some of us for seven years now. When my father was in the room there was classical music playing, maybe the sound of a typewriter, but always the delicate cadence of page-turning. Yet, her most prized classroom remains her home where she and her husband, Rabbi Moshe Kletenik, are raising their four children, Pesha, Shya, Gilah, and Eliezer, to be lifelong students of Torah. First, she learns from everyone and every experience. Fourteen years of study in the Hillel Academy day school provided Rivy with a solid core of Torah learning. Shabbat and holiday preparations were imbued with spirit, animation, and love. Then, she moves from student to teacher as she incorporates her learning and thinking into teaching—in the classroom, at the board meeting, and through her writing. Students were wondering, where from this glow? As in her Talmud class where she shows us how she works out answers to the questions her readings pose and where we see our responses and insights, even the ones that turn out to be misperceptions and dead ends, add to understanding, hers and our own. It was my lullaby. They learned that it was from the Torah he had been studying and the new piece he had discovered. All this Rivy funneled into her involvement in the Religious Zionist Youth Group, Bnei Akiva, where she moved from member to madricha to Mazkirat Galil— a fertile training ground for her future work. In my dreams, I knew everything that was hidden in those volumes. It was as if my simple action of entering the room had interrupted a conversation, that ongoing conversation which books have with each other. The mutual respect and understanding that I have seen grow over years of Talmud study is an extraordinary example of chevra grown through learning. Best of all are the faces that light up. She is an exciting teacher because she lets us watch her learn. Every book, article, play, movie, and lecture helps enlighten a text, and in turn the text enlightens her life. They inform what I do. The table was set for the feasts with lively Torah discussions and vigorous political debates led by her father, Rabbi Baruch Poupko, a revered spiritual leader of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. Her quiet revolution of lifelong learning and practice has become an audible roar. I believe that Rivy, despite her relative youth, is among the contemporary greats as teacher, mentor, role model, original thinker, and educational activist.
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