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Studies in Jewish Education XI: Languages and Literatures in Jewish Education

editor Jonathan Cohen

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TitleStudies in Jewish Education XI: Languages and Literatures in Jewish Education
EditorJonathan Cohen
PublisherVarda Books
Publication Date2009
SubjectLanguages and Literatures in Jewish Education


The contributors to this volume include acknowledged experts in the various disciplines of Jewish studies, scholars who apply the tools of the social sciences to the concerns of Jewish education, scholars interested in the connection between multiple approaches to the various disciplines of Jewish studies and their implications for Jewish education, leaders of vision-guided educational institutions, and reflective educational practitioners. They have all been colleagues, students or associates of Prof. Rosenak at some point in their lives and/or careers. The sub-sections of the volume all represent areas that have been of concern to Prof. Rosenak in some form or another in the course of his career.


Hanan Alexander chairs the Department of Education at the University of Haifa where he serves as Associate Professor and heads the Center for Jewish Education and the International School for Overseas Students. He is also a Research Fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and a Visiting Fellow of St. Edmunds College, Cambridge. His essays on the Philosophy of Education and Curriculum Studies have appeared in leading journals in those fields. His book, Reclaiming Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest, won the 2001–2002 National Book Award of the National Jewish Book Council in the United States.

Yair Barkai teaches Bible and Aggada at Lipshitz College, the Schechter Institute and the Kerem Institute. In recent years, he has also taught at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education of the Hebrew University and at Bar-Ilan University. His work focuses on teacher training and enrichment and the development of curricula for Israel and the Diaspora. He has published two books: (1986) (in the 19th and 20th centuries), and (1986) the rabbinic Aggadic story).

Gerald J. Blidstein teaches in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, where he is incumbent of the H. Hubert Chair in Halakhic Thought. He has published a number of volumes on Maimonidean halakhic thought, a book on filial piety, and numerous monographs and papers on various topics in which halakha – from ancient to modern times – impacts on issues of social and/or religious significance. Israel Prize Laureate in Jewish Thought, 2006.

Ari Bursztein is the Rabbi of the Moriah Conservative Congregation in Haifa, and a researcher in the Center for Jewish Education of Haifa University. He has also taught at Bar-Ilan University. His book is in press. In the framework of his studies in the Jerusalem Fellows Program of the Mandel Institute, he wrote his final project on “Biblical Criticism, Faith and Education” under the supervision of Michael Rosenak. This project has served as the basis for a number of academic articles.

Erik H. Cohen teaches at the School of Education, Bar-Ilan University. He is Director of the Research and Evaluation Group based in Jerusalem. His research interests include philosophy, cross-cultural studies, tourism, adolescence, and data analysis. He has published three books: L'Etude et l'e´ducation juive en France (1991) , (with Eynath Cohen, 2000); and La jeunesse juive: Entre la France et Israe¨l (with Maurice Ifergan, 2005).

Jonathan Cohen teaches Philosophy of Education at the Hebrew University and is a senior staff member at the Mandel Leadership Institute. His publications center on the Philosophy of Education, Hermeneutics and Curriculum Theory. Among his books: (1997) (a study of the approaches ofWolfson, Guttmann and Strauss to Jewish Philosophy), and In Search of a Jewish Paideia: Directions in the Philosophy of Jewish Education (2004).

Steven Copeland is Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Education at Hebrew College in Boston. His research and teaching focus on the ways in which the significance of classical Jewish texts derives from the interaction between their literary forms and the experiences of their readers. Among his most recent writing is “That Law Which Calls Us Away from Mystifying Rapture to Religious Responsibility” (Journal of Law and Religion, 2002), a book review-essay on the work of Emmanuel Levinas.

Howard Deitcher is the Director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University and a faculty member of the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. He has co-edited two books on Bible Education and is currently leading three professional development projects in this area around the world.

Arnold Eisen is Daniel E. Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University and Chancellor–Elect of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His most recent work includes Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community (1998) and, with sociologist Steven M. Cohen, The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America (2000). He is currently at work on a philosophy of Zionism.

Marla L. Frankel completed her doctoral dissertation under the guidance of Michael Rosenak. She teaches Bible and Jewish Thought at the David Yellin Teacher's College, and works at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education in in-service teacher training. Her book, , will be published with Yediot Achronot; Yahadut Kan Veachav, in the fall.

Inbar Galili-Schachter works in teacher education at the Hebrew University and the Kerem Institute for Teacher Training for Humanistic - Jewish Education. Her teaching centers on hermeneutics and education and on curriculum design, and her research focuses on the teaching of Jewish Studies in Israeli Secular State Schools. She is the curriculum coordinator for the Israeli Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, and a tutor in the Melton Centre's Senior Educators Program. Her doctoral dissertation is on Hermeneutics in the Teaching of Jewish Thought.

Michael Gillis teaches the Philosophy of Jewish Education and the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He currently serves as Head of Education in the Revivim Program, an honors program for the preparation of Jewish Studies teachers for non-religious secondary schools in Israel.

Daniel H. Gordis is Vice President of the Mandel Foundation – Israel, and Director of the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. Prior to making aliyah, he was Founding Dean of the Ziegler Rabbinical School at the University of Judaism. He has authored a number of articles and several books, among them, If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches from an Anxious State (2002), a description of Israeli society in the post-Oslo Intifada.

Marc Hirshman is the Mandel Professor of Jewish Education at the Hebrew University and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. His research covers issues in Talmudic thought in comparison to Christianity and Paganism of Late Antiquity. His publications include A Rivalry of Genius: Jewish and Christian Interpretation in Late Antiquity (1996) and (1999) . He is currently completing a book on Jewish Education in Rabbinic Late Antiquity.

Barry W. Holtz is the Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a long-time consultant to the Mandel Foundation. As author and editor, his books include: Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts (1992), and, most recently, Textual Knowledge: Teaching the Bible in Theory and in Practice (2003), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Education for 2004.

Elie Holzer teaches at the School of Education, Bar-Ilan University and serves as a Research Fellow for the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, Brandeis University. His research interests and publications include hermeneutics, text study and Hevruta learning in professional development, feminism and Jewish education and religious Zionism.

Alick Isaacs teaches at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education and the Rothberg International School, and is Co-Director of the “Melamdim” educators' training program at the Hartman Institute. He received his PhD from the Hebrew University in Jewish History. His dissertation was a social and anthropological history of the medieval Ashkenazi synagogue. His current research interests include theories of Israel education for the Diaspora, the philosophy of history for Jewish education, and the role of scholarship in achieving inter-religious rapprochement. Alick is married to Shuli (nee Rosenak).

Shlomit Levy is a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University. She has been a Senior Research Associate at the Louis Guttman Institute and was Guttman's closest collaborator in developing facet theory. She served as a Research Consultant at the Social Science Faculty of the Hebrew University, where she also taught in the School of Social Work. She has published extensively on, inter alia, facet theory, values, Jewish identity and identification, well-being and intelligence.

Joseph S. Lukinsky is the Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education Emeritus at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He has published articles in general and Jewish journals including the Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education (84:1, 1985), and the Yale Law Journal (July 1987), along with sponsoringover 35 doctorates in the field. In 2002 he was awarded the Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education by the Hebrew University.

Ehud Luz is a Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish Thought at Haifa University and at Oranim School of Education. He is the author of Parallels Meet: Religion and Nationalism in Early Zionist Movement (English translation 1989) and Wrestling with an Angel: Power, Moralityand Modern Jewish Identity (English translation 2003). He is also the editor of Leo Strauss's Jerusalem and Athens, a selection of Strauss's writings translated into Hebrew (2001), and of the Hebrew translation of Strauss's Natural Right and History (2005).

Zeev Mankowitz is a senior faculty member and past Director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education, and served as Academic Consultant in the planning of the New Museum atYadVashem. He recently published Life between Memory and Hope: The Survivors of the Holocaust in Occupied Germany (2002), and is presently working on an international project on “Jewish community day schools in theory and practice.”

Mordecai Nisan is the Melton Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He served as Dean of the School of Education at the Hebrew University and is currently Academic Director of the Mandel Leadership Institute. His areas of research, in which he has published widely, are moral development and behavior and human motivation.

Michael Ohana is head of Humanistic Studies in Gordon College of Education in Haifa. His doctoral research was conducted under the supervision of Michael Rosenak. His publications have focused on the epigraphy of north-western Semitic languages. His book (together with Michael Heltzer) was published by Haifa University Press in 1978. His current publications focus on the Philosophy of Education and the thought of Yeshayahu Leibowitz, and he is completing a book entitled

Daniel Pekarsky is a Philosopher of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has served for many years as a consultant to the Mandel Foundation. His research focuses on questions at the intersection of ethics and education, as well as on Jewish education. Representative articles include ‘Socratic Teaching: A Critical Assessment,” “Dewey's Conception of Growth Reconsidered,” and “Burglars, Robber-Barons, and the Good Life.”

Aviezer Ravitzky holds the Sol Rosenblum Chair in Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University, is former Chair of the Department of Jewish Thought, and a faculty member of the Mandel Leadership Institute. His areas of expertise, on which he has published widely, include philosophy and Jewish thought, religious radicalism, Israeli society and culture. Prof. Ravitzky is the recipient of the Israel Prize for 2001 for his research in Jewish Thought.

Avinoam Rosenak is a lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University and a Fellow of the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. His research focuses on the Philosophy of the Halakha in the Modern Era. His book is in press at The Magnes Press, and his book on Rav Kook's intellectual biography will be published by the Zalman Shazar Center.

Mordechai Rotenberg is a Professor Emeritus from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he founded and developed the sub-discipline of Psychology and Religion. He has published about 10 books and dozens of articles which focus primarily on the comparative study of Christianity and Judaism in terms of their impact on the shaping of human behavior and the psychotherapeutic implications which they entail.

Asher Shkedi is the Academic Director of the Teacher Education Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a faculty member of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education. His research and publications focus on teacher education, teachers' world, curriculum, teaching Bible and Jewish texts and qualitative research. His recent books are, (2003) and Multiple Case Narrative: An Approach to the Study of Multiple Populations (2005).

Marc Silverman teaches contemporary Jewish cultural and educational trends and educational thought and theory at the Hebrew University. He is a faculty member of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education. His publications focus on the role of the Jewish religious tradition and of Israel in contemporary Jewish education, and on the integration between progressive, radical and Jewish educational trends. He is currently writing a book on Janush Korczak's educational theory and pedagogy.

Deborah Weissman was the Director of the Kerem Institute for Teacher Training for Humanistic-Jewish Education. Her doctoral dissertation at the Hebrew University was on the social history of Jewish women's education, but her additional interests involve Israel and the Diaspora, interfaith teaching and dialogue, peace education and the Jewish calendar and festivals. She has lectured and written widely on these topics.


Seymour Fox - Preface 9

Jonathan Cohen - Introduction 13

Michael Rosenak: His Thought and Deeds

Howard Deitcher - Michael Rosenak's Professional Biography 29

Arnold Eisen - Commandments, Concerns and Education in the Covenant 49

Avinoam Rosenak - One More Thing on the Difference and the Affinity between Academia and Religious Education: Contemplations on the Concepts of Language and Literature, Theory and Practice (Abstract) 75

Michael Ohana - The Educational Ideal in the Thinking of Yeshayahu Leibowitz and Michael Rosenak –Between Existential Duality and Dialectical Unity (Abstract) 77

Deborah Weissman - What We Are and Who We Are: Educating for the Universal-Particular Dialectic in Jewish Life 79

The Bible and Jewish Education

Joseph Lukinsky - The Experience of Parashat Ha-Shavua 97

Steven Copeland - Abraham's Readiness to Imagine Persevering – Once Again – Without Isaac: Notes toward a Non-Literal Reading of Genesis 22 129

Marla L. Frankel - Nechama Leibowitz: The Relevance of her Instructional Theory Today (Abstract) 175

Studies in Rabbinic Sources

Gerald J. Blidstein - Of Spiritualism and Halakha – TheCase of B. B. 26A (Abstract) 177

Marc Hirshman - Education and Accountability 179

Yair Barkai - Reconsidering the Rabbinic Interpretations of the Torah (Abstract) 195

Michael Gillis - The Beginnings of Rabbi Akiva: From Scholarship to Curriculum (Abstract) 196

History and Education

Zeev Mankowitz - Towards a Post-Holocaust Jewish Educational Ethos: The Dialectic of Assertiveness and Limitation 199

Daniel Gordis - A “Basic Religious Datum”: Conservative Judaism, Zionism and the Worldview of Michael Rosenak 215

Alick Isaacs - The Role of the Historian in Jewish Education 247

Modern Thought and Jewish Education

Aviezer Ravitzky - “Each One in the Name of His God”? The Jewish Religion vis-a`-vis World Religions (Abstract) 257

Ehud Luz - Bialik and the Secularization of the Hebrew Language (Abstract) 259

Jonathan Cohen - Suspicion, Dialogue and Reverence: Leo Strauss Confronts Freud and Buber on Exodus 2 261

Marc Silverman - Janush Korczak's Implicit Religiosity: Its Place in his Educational Approach and its Relevance to Education Today 289

Elie Holzer - The Concept of Second Naivete´ in the Thought of Ernst Simon and Paul Ricoeur 325

Jewish Educational Issues: A Social Science Perspective

Mordechai Rotenberg - The Subjective Aggadic Genre as an Educational End (Abstract) 345

Mordecai Nisan - Commitment and Uncertainty – A Psychological Study 347

Erik H. Cohen& Shlomit Levy - Towards a Conceptual Framework of Jewish Education: A Mapping Definition 385

Schools and Teachers

Daniel Pekarsky - Exemplifying Vision-Guided Practice: The Case of Beit Rabban 405

Asher Shkedi - From Curriculum to Teaching in the Classroom: The Case of Teaching Bible (Abstract) 449

Inbar Galili-Schachter - The Student, the Text and They Who are Between – On Dialogic Teaching of Jewish Thought (Abstract) 450

Education and “Translation”

Barry W. Holtz - Education, Translation and the Text 451

Hanan Alexander& Ari Bursztein - The Concept of Translation in the Philosophy of Education (Abstract) 465

Contributors 467

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