Koren Publishers: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Shmuel: My name is Shmuel Nedjar and I am 39 years old and live in Modiin, Israel. I am married and we have 3 children. Originally I am from France but I made aliya about 16 years ago and my wife made aliyah 10 years ago from America. I have a M.Sc. in electrical engineering and an MBA. I work as an electrical engineer for an Israeli high-tech company.
Koren Publishers: How long have you been learning Gemara?
Shmuel: I began learning a little bit of Gemara while attending the Jewish high school in Paris. After making aliya in 2003, I went to Yeshivat Birkat Moshe in Maale Adumim for about 6 months. That was the first time I learned Gemara in depth. I had always planned on taking up studying again but my work load and family routine made it difficult to study with a chavruta. I shared my wish along with my frustration to my wife one evening. She then told me about an advertisement she has seen about Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli edition. That was 5 years ago and I have been studying on my one page a day pace ever since.
Koren Publishers: Do you have a chavruta or do you learn by yourself?
Shmuel: I learn by myself as that fits my schedule and daily routine the best. I have my siyiums at my shul during our seudat shlishit meals. I use the Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli almost every weekday since 2014. I already completed several masechtot (Berakhot, Yoma, Rosh Hashana, Shabbat,…) and I am currently learning Gittin.
Koren Publishers: What do you enjoy about learning Talmud?
Shmuel: In the Talmud I enjoy the intellectual reasoning which is so different than the conventional academic western style. I like aggadot [story telling method] and learning about the different rabbis’ ways of life.
Koren Publishers: We heard you have an interesting side job. Tell us what else you do.
Shmuel: Indeed! I’ve been playing the drums since I was 13 years old and this is definitely a passion for me. I am currently part of an Israeli rock band.