So, with my gimmels, vavs, and dalids under my belt, what would my future be? The curriculum urges a follow-up class of six weekly sessions using Golinkin's other textbook, "Shalom Aleichem," for which I was game. He also stressed the need for practice--20 minutes per day, doable in any schedule. And the fact that Hebrew is a relatively easy language to learn, with this excellent curriculum to teach it, makes widespread Hebrew literacy a real possibility for Jews.
That night, I went home and read from the prayer book for my wife and my son, who had his bar mitzvah a year and a half ago. I remembered how my wife spent 10 minutes every morning with my son during the year before his bar mitzvah, teaching him his lessons. Now they listened to me, as I stumbled through a line of the morning prayers. My wife was beaming. My son found it hilarious. Of course, Genesis tells us that Avraham found it hilarious when he discovered that his 90-year-old wife, Sarah, was pregnant. So, as Avraham laughed, my son laughed. And so did I. Because, wonder of wonders, suddenly I was a Hebrew-reading wonder...after just one day.