As we are all 'preparing' ourselves during the Aseres Yemei Teshuva, working on our Middos, looking for extra mitzvos, extra opportunities to help others, there are also numerous shiurim being held in all communities to help 'boost' and 'inspire' us to do good, and be better people.
I decided to keep my evenings 'open' in order that I can attend some of these shiurim and B"H I attended a few thus far.
Here's when my inspiration came to be: I walked into the Shul where the Shiur was being held and there were quite a few women attending, as well as girls. Only, when I took a careful look around the room, I realized that in addition to the 'typical' girls whom I would expect to attend shiurim, I also noticed the 'other girls'. The ones that didn't attend the 'typical seminaries in Israel' the ones that are not 'so yeshivish' or not quite 'as frum as' the typical Bais Yaakov girls. In fact, they may be people you know, your neighbors, friends, classmates, etc. These were girls who attend college, girls who are working, and some were girls who just 'fell through the cracks' and lost touch with her background.
Yet, here they were-in Shul, with the rest of us, dressed appropriately, and with notebooks to take notes.
The scene tugged at my heart. Can everyone see this? Can they notice these girls, making the effort, coming to the shiur, putting on the long(er) skirt, taking notes, wanting, yearning, to make herself into a better Bas Yisrael, to embrace Yiddishkeit.
Wow! I thought I was good, schlepping out to hear the shiurim-but these girls, who probably live farther away, and some of whom had to take the extra citybus 20 minutes out of the way, and maybe even miss out on something else-they made the effort-and their efforts DEFINITELY didn't go unnoticed!