Featured Member of the Month
Month of Elul
Name: Matt Lukoff
Location: Fair Lawn, NJ
Occupation: Digital Analytics Consultant
Interesting hobby: Traditional Torah study, although not truly a hobby, would probably be it!
I've been learning with JNet since: February 2008
My Chavrusa (Study partner) is: Mordy Schachter, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I heard about JNet via: I don't completely remember. We've been learning together consistently, almost every single week, since 2008. To me, that's an amazing part of this relationship. When we began, I was just getting started with growing my Jewish observance. I had a desire to learn Torah and was looking around for personal teachers. JNet was a perfect choice because of its one-on-one learning and flexible approach.
I am currently learning: We've covered a lot over the past seven years. We started off learning the brachos of eating, then we learned Chumash, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Rambam's Mishneh Torah, and now we just started learning Chassidus. Interspersed with all of that, we've learned about each of the holidays, for instance the Pesach Haggadah. Mordy's great and he's willing to learn anything with me and to change topics on short notice. He's knowledgeable and passionate about many areas in Judaism. More importantly, I don't feel any lower than he, based on my background as an adult beginner of Torah study. He really treats me well and values our study partnership. This is one of the reasons that I consider him to be a true Chassid and also a friend.
Most interesting thing I learned with JNet: Probably something in the Rambam although nothing comes to mind specifically. He brings down lots of thoughts and laws that are often interesting and entertaining.
Heartwarming surprises with JNet: I happened to be in Crown Heights for Selichos one year and called Mordy to meet up. I think that was the first time we met in person. It was just cool to meet and put a face to the voice I had spent so much time with.