Returning To The Deeper Water
In March 2007, Yitz of Heichal HaNegina asked me how long I would continue learning Ein Yaakov in place of Gemara. At that time I answered,
"The Sudilkover Rebbe did not specify an amount of time to continue learning Ein Yaakov. He did think it was a good for me to learn it for some time to wade in the shallow pool before I actually go swimming in the deeper water."
After receiving a reminder via a comment from Yirmeyahu on Sunday, I asked the Sudilkover Rebbe for his advice again on this issue. The Rebbe gave me a brocha that I should be matzliach to complete all of Shas and responded that indeed I could put aside my Ein Yaakov and start learning Gemara where I left off.
Tonight when I return home, I plan to take my Gemara back off the shelf and open it up to Taanis 17b.