The Talmud as a Teacher of Teachers – a MOFET JTEC Webinar

January 30, 2013



MOFET JTEC - Jewish Teacher Education Community of The MOFET Institute is proud to present an online webinar to the global Jewish education community with Dr. Tzvi Kanarek on “The Talmud as a Teacher of Teachers!” on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:00-8:30P.M. - Israel time. 12:00 – 13:30 EST.


The Talmudic scholars always employed cognitive psychology for disseminating new laws and uncovering new information.


The student in our classroom is an active builder of his/her knowledge. To produce any change in knowledge, the "mental engine needs to be ignited", and during the lesson, the "cognitive drive wheel" needs to be in constant motion. We believe that the Talmudic scholars of 1,500–2,000 years ago gave us the cognitive conflict model to achieve new knowledge.


During our webinar, we shall describe the various Talmudic conflicts whose resolution would initiate the modification of the new Halacha. This school of thought will be of particular assistance to Talmud teachers in comprehending the logic of the Gemarah, and will facilitate classroom pedagogy and instruction of all subjects taught in schools.


Dr. Tzvi Kanarek was born in New York and studied at "Yeshivah Torah V' da-as". At the age of 18 he made "Aliya" to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a paratrooper reaching the rank of major in the reserves. After the "Yom Kippur War", Tzvi studied at Lifshitz College (Then known as "Shvadron" College) and graduated as a senior educator. After receiving his teacher's license, he taught Talmud for 28 years at "Zion Ezri", a religious public school and junior High School. From 1975 until 1992 Tzvi taught Talmud in English at Yeshivat Chafetz Chaim located in Jerusalem.


From 1987, Tzvi studied Education and Management at Bar Ilan University. After graduating from Bar Ilan, he continued his studies at Touro College and received his Master's degree in Jewish Education. After this he went on to study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received an additional Master's and a PhD degree in Jewish Education. His dissertation was on teaching Talmud through Cognitive Maps.


After graduating from the Hebrew University, Dr. Kanarek taught Jewish studies and the "Implementation of Computers for the Advancement of Jewish Studies" at teachers colleges such as Lifshitz College in Jerusalem and Givat Washington College, near Ashdod. He has also taught online courses at Gratz College.


He has written over 20 articles dealing with teaching Talmud, as well as books on "Teaching the Talmudic chapters "Elu Me' tzi' ot" and "Ha' mafkid" with cognitive Maps.


See the MOFET webinar page for additional information and registration.

Updated: Dec. 30, 2012