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rico.jpgName: Frank Hudson

Age: 49

Location: Cassville, Missouri

Occupation: Retired Navy intelligence, linguist

Interesting hobby: Having grown up in Tijuana, Mexico B.C., I enjoy Mexican folk dancing. I also love going on cruises and was in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.

I've been learning with JNet since: 2013

I heard about JNet via: Chabad.org and saw a small ad saying “Jewish learning just got friendlier.” I clicked on it, called JNet and found it to be true!

I am currently learning: Yossi Denburg from Boca Raton, Florida is leading me through the laws of Shabbat using the book set entitled The 39 Melachos by Rabbi Dovid Ribiat. A mechanical introduction to the laws is helping me avoid the habitual pitfalls of going overboard or falling short in observance.

An interesting experience I had with JNet: My last chavrusa, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Trestman, is an inspiring role model. As a medical doctor he is challenged with balancing the frum and secular worlds. His life affirms that one really can progress in Jewish observance even when bound by obligation to the secular. This helped me realize that I don’t need to have had an observant background in order to learn and grow in my personal observance.

Heartwarming surprises with JNet: The JNet team dedication doesn’t simply “switch off” when class time is over. Chavrusas often call or text well wishes for holidays or personal triumphs. Even when schedules changed and it was not possible for my first chavrusa and I to continue learning, we still kept in touch. I see him as a mentor and speak with him every now and then.

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