So, my wife's religious aunt from Israel is staying with my inlaws for the chagim, and she only speaks Yiddish and Hebrew. My inlaws speak fluent Yiddish and some Hebrew, and my wife speaks nearly fluent Hebrew, so there are no communication issues - for them. But me, I'm the moron who can't speak Hebrew (or Yiddish) a lick, and am completely unable to interact without their translation help. It is not making me happy.
You see, I can read Hebrew, and can pray in Hebrew, and know some words here and there in Hebrew, but as far as conversing in it I'm a complete disaster and it really pisses me off. The one thing that I've taken from this frustrating experience is the need to get off my ass and actually learn how to speak Hebrew once and for all. Consider this is my "resolution", so to speak.
Without knowing Hebrew I am unable to accomplish any of the goals I have as a Jew, both religiously and logistically. The time has come to climb this great mountain once and for all, so expect my posts in the future to include updates on my progress with this mission.
Anyhow, I had a very meaningful and enjoyable Rosh Hashana, and am very much looking forward to the rest of the holy days over the next few weeks. A special thank you to Nanc for checking in with me during my sabatical from blogging - I really do appreciate it.