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eBook Studies in Jewish Education V: Teaching Classical Jewish Texts
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Publisher:  Varda Books
Published:  2009
Language:  English
Pages:   292

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About the Book -- Studies in Jewish Education V: Teaching Classical Jewish Texts

Perhaps the strongest underlying message in this volume is that Jewish books are central to Jewish life as well as to the education which vitalizes it. They serve their readers as "surrogate parents" by nurturing, enlightening, and inspiring them, just as biological parents do with their offspring in the best of families. Small wonder that Jewish people are known as "Children of the Book."

-- Abraham J. Tannenbaum
Prof. Emeritus of Teachers College at Columbia University


STEVEN M. BROWN received an Ed.D in curriculum development and teaching from the Teachers' College of Columbia University; his dissertation was entitled, Media Materials and Instruction in Jewish Religious Education. He presently serves as the headmaster of the Solomon Schecter School of Greater Philadelphia and is a visiting lecturer at Gratz College.

HOWARD DEITCHER is a lecturer in education at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research has focused on the child's understanding of biblical narrative and its implications for classroom study.

MARLA FRANKEL is a doctoral student in the philosophy of education at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora. She has been working in teacher training with teachers from abroad, and in the Efrata School in Jerusalem.

KATHY GREEN teaches education and supervises students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is a regular contributor to the Melton Journal and is co-author of The Jewish Family Book.

MOSHE GREENBERG is a professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He served for ten years as advisor for the teaching of Bible, to the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture.

ALVAN H. KAUNFER is the director of the Alperin-Schecter Day School in Providence, Rhode Island. He has published an article on the teaching of midrash in the Bennett Solomon Memorial Volume.

DVORA KOUBOVI is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is head of the School of Education's counselling program. She has developed her own method for the therapeutic teaching of literature, which is widely used in Israeli schools.

NECHAMA LEIBOVITZ teaches Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at numerous teachers' seminars throughout Israel. She was a recipient of the Israel Prize.

GARETH B. MATTHEWS is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachussets at Amherst. He has written two books and numerous articles on the teaching of philosophy to children.

FRITZ OSER is a professor of psychology at the Institute de Pedagogie, University of Fribourg. He has written extensively on issues related to the religious development of children.

RINA ROSENBERG is a practicing psychotherapist. In the past she has taught in the M.A. program of the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

JACOBUS SCHONEVELD has been serving, since 1980, as the General Secretary of the International Council of Christians and Jews at the Martin Buber House in Heppenheim, Federal Republic. His doctoral dissertation entitled, The Bible in Israeli Education: A Study of Approaches to the Hebrew Bible and its Teaching Israeli Educational Literature was presented to the University of Leyden in the Netherlands, and was based on research undertaken at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

ABRAHAM J. TANNENBAUM is professor (emeritus) of education and psychology at the Teachers' College of Columbia University. He has worked extensively with exceptional children and adults and in Jewish education.

About the Book


New Page 5

The Contributors 7

Howard Deitcher - Preface 9

Abraham J. Tannenbaum - Introduction Jewish Texts, Education and Identity: Inseperable 12


Moshe Greenberg - On Teaching the Bible 27

Nechama Leibovitz - How to Read a Chapter of Tanakh 35

Jacobus Schoneveld - New Meaning in Ancient Sources 48


Fritz Oser - Religious Development: Foundations, Stages and Constructs 65

Rina Rosenberg - The Development of the Concept of Prayer in Jewish-Israeli Children and Adolescents 91

Alvan H. Kaunfer - Developmental Issues in the Teaching of Midrash 130

Gareth B. Matthews - Moral Development and Religious Education 150

Howard Deitcher - The Child's Understanding of the Biblical Personality 167


Maria Frankel - A Typology for Biblical Literacy 185

Kathy Green - Children and the Midrashic Process 201

Dvora Koubovi - The Application of Mental Health Considerations in the Teaching of Bible 215

Steven M. Brown - Media Materials and Instruction in the Teaching of Religious Text 257



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