Gleanings: Teaching Jewish Texts

Winter, 2016

Source: Gleanings. Winter, 2016. Volume 2, Issue 4


Gleanings is the ejournal of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. The art and science of text study is an area in which many scholars and practitioners affiliated with The Davidson School devote their time, attention, and passion. We are particularly excited to have launched an initiative creating the first ever compendium of standards and benchmarks for the teaching of rabbinic literature through our Jewish Day School Standards & Benchmarks Project. We are honored to steward this project in partnership with leadership teams from over 15 day schools, scholars, and leaders across academic institutions and agencies throughout North America and across all denominational lines. To sit with them is to truly feel the roots in the legacy of the Jewish beit midrash! We hope you enjoy the wide array of perspectives on the topic of Jewish text study contained in this edition of Gleanings.

This issue contains the following articles:

  • On Critical Thinking and the Teaching of Tanakh – Dr. Alex Sinclair
  • Avoiding the Around and About to Teach the Text - Sharon Freundel
  • Making it Personal - David Wolkin
  • “From the Intuitive to the Intentional”: Designing a Constructivist Online Course - Dr. Ofra Backenroth and Dr. Meredith Katz
  • Reflecting on Why I Teach Jewish Text - Nancy Rosen
  • God Is Uno - Sara Beth Berman
  • Teaching High School Talmud: Making the Text Accessible While Keeping the Challenge Authentic - Rabbi Dahlia Kronish
  • Making Choices: Yom Kippur is Upon Us, What Text Should I Teach? - Dr. Marjorie Lehman
Updated: Jan. 06, 2016