This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Well, just take a smart approach to learning. Start with the basics, and work from there.
My signature links will take you to a set of Hibernate tutorials that will show you how to set up your environment and so some of the core interactions with your database. Check them out, give them a try, and when you run into a problem, post more questions in this forum. We're here to help!