Nach Yomi for Avraham

A worldwide project aimed at developing beki'ut in Tanach, inspired by, and as zechut for, R' Avraham Norin (Avraham Dov ben Golda)

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Leich, Knos et kol ha-Yehudim: Welcome to the Nach Yomi for Avraham project

Our brother-in-law, Rav Avraham Norin, is an unbelievably loving father and husband, a loyal friend, a gomel chesed, a patient and amazingly dedicated mechanech, a yerei Shamayim and chovev ha-Aretz, and a passionate student of Torah. Some months ago, Anna discovered the following posting of Avraham’s on Lookjed (a Jewish education website), and wondered why it was never put into action:

"A substitute/supplement for daf yomi- the ancient division of Nach
Author: Avraham Norin
Date: 03-22-05
In the Koren Tanach, the Jerusalem Bible, and Rav Breuers Tanach, the Tanach is divided not only into Perakim (based on the non-Jewish divisions), but also into sedarim (an ancient Jewish division system mentioned in the Talmud). The Torah is divided into 154 sections which correspond to the three and a half year Torah reading cycle in Eretz Yisroel.The Nevim and Ketuvim are also divided into 293 divisions, but we are less clear of the significance.
In the intro to the Koren Tanach there is a fabulous explanation of Rav Shaul Kosovsky on the 293 Sedarim in Nach. If you add to the 293 the days of Shabbatot and Yomim tovim (71) you arrive at the number of 364. On Tisha Bav one doesn't learn, which makes the number of days to learn in a year 364 as well. In other words, the Nach sedarim are divided in a way that if a person were to learn one on every chol day of the year, he can finish Nach in one solar year. Add to this Parshat Hashavua, and one has a system to finish Tanach in a year.
Anyone want to suggest a good day to start?"
Now is the time.
He is currently battling a serious illness in Jerusalem, and along with the treatments that he is recieving be-derech ha-teva, we wanted to help galvanize all who know and love Avraham in a project that perhaps will help bombard the sha'arei shamayim (the gates of heaven) in a way appropriate to him. What we are proposing now is the following (modified) version of Avraham's idea:
1) Beginning Rosh Chodesh Nissan (March 30 le-minyaneihem) , we will begin a worldwide Nach Yomi project, where hopefully many people worldwide will study the same chapter of Nach a day, seven days a week-- whether in English or in Hebrew, with or without commentaries. ( We will use the conventional chapter system, (i.e. the one found in a standard Tanach) which is shorter than the Masoretic one, and more easily accesible to those with alternate Tanach's.) We are hoping to get the word out as much as possible in the two weeks until then, so as to start this project b'rov am (with as many people as possible) .
2) This blog will be a clearinghouse, both of general Tanach links, as well as posted links to other web resources to the specific chapter being studied.
3) We also invite participants to send us short divrei Torah or insights into the perek about to be studied, in order to provide maximum meaning to the project.

Avraham's sister and brother in law, Elana and Simon Jackson, join us in inviting you to use this project as a very special kevi'as itim le-Torah (setting aside time to study Torah),which can, in a little over a year, introduce you to the beauty and depth of the Sifrei Nevi'im.
May Hashem grant the opportunity for as many people as possible to seize this opportunity to share Avraham's love for the D'var Hashem, and may all of klal Yisrael see yeshu'ot as we did in the days of Mordechai and Esther.


Blogger Moshe Belangah said...

I'm in!! B'li neder. I have always been thinking about how to do something like this. Its hard to keep up. Maybe the togetherness of a blog will help us keep at it.

10:39 PM  
Blogger ZioJew said...

Wow. I was almost shocked when i saw a link to this blog on mavenyavin's site. Rabbi Norin has been the rebbe the past two years, and I've kept in contact with him since he returned to E"Y. I was deeply troubled when I got news of his illness, and was already thinking of ways to help. One suggested idea was to start a Tzedaka Fund to cover any expeses his family may need. That is still an option, but in addition, the proposal you have here is excellent. In fact, I know this is what Rabbi Norin wants, as he always was interested in Tanakh, and even used to mention in school how there is this "Nach Yomi" program.
I certainly will join in in this endeavor.
May HaShem grant Rabbi Norin a Refuah Shelaymah.
(If you need any help with this project, feel free to e-mail me at

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Yoni Krestt said...


We are all thinking of and davening for you. This looks like a great project.

Refuah Shlaima!

Yoni & Rivky

11:17 PM  
Blogger yahu said...

I was one of Rabbi Norin's students at Stern, and I can certainly attest to how wonderful a person he is. I can also assure you that students of Stern HHS will take part in this program.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Mike Miller said...

I'm joining. Saw this on hirhurim, seems like an excellent idea.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous yno said...

Best of luck!

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bli Neder, I too will join in.


9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many perokim are there and can you finish it in one year by using Perokim?

1:17 PM  
Blogger Rabbi Goldberg said...

Can you post a link to the daily breakdown, for those of us do do not have the edition cited?

1:54 PM  
Blogger Yolkut said...

Just to clarify:
WE will be using the regular perakim, as found in a standard Tanach,just to keep things easy.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Rabbi Noron talked to us in Stern about this last year before he left. We are going to try and get as many students as possible at Stern to start learning.

Refuah Shelaimah!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Yehuda said...

I think it is a great idea. There should be a daily blog to discuss the days reading.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Flora said...

This really does sound like a great project.
looking forward to it.

shabbat shalom everyone.


7:46 AM  
Anonymous rabbibunni said...

great idea I"yh iwill try to join. if not a full perek at least some nach every day. refuah sheliema.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous David Redlich said...

I know rabbi Norin from when he taught at Stern and Bli Neder will try my best to take part in this great project.

Refuah Sheleymah, and all the best to the Norin Family

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Naomi said...

I will also try and keep up -- Refuah Shlemah.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Ayelet said...

Wow. This is a terrific idea. i'm going to try setting up a seder with my husband and, if that doesn't work, then my neighbor. It's so unfortunate that the typical yeshiva doesn't really ever teach Na"ch to the boys. It's a huge hole in their yedios!

11:59 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home